Kerry Atkinson


Kerry Atkinson is an Optometrist, Contact Lens Specialist and a CAA Certified Examiner. As well as conducting general optometric services such as eye examinations, visual screening and children's vision, Kerry specialises in Keratoconus, complex contact lens fitting and management, and troubleshooting, often referred by colleagues and eye surgeons. Kerry is able to conduct Special Vision Examination's for pilots (CAA Certified Examiner) and is an eyesight examiner for entrance to the New Zealand Police Force. Kerry is also a Professional Teaching Fellow at the Department of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Auckland.

Relations of Kerry's, Harry and John Atkinson started an optometry practice in Otahuhu in 1943. Harry and John practiced optometry in Otahuhu, Papatoetoe, part-time in Pukekohe and Birkenhead until the 1980s.

Harry and John encouraged Kerry to go to London to attend the City University, London to study Optometry. Kerry graduated from the City course with Honours as well as a specialist qualification in Contact Lens Practice and became a Fellow of the British College of Optometrists.

Kerry worked as a contact lens practitioner in the UK before returning to New Zealand in the 1970's. Kerry began working for Harry and Optometrist Graham Kearney in Otahuhu and Birkenhead.

The optometry course at Auckland University needed well-qualified clinical teachers and Kerry started teaching there soon after returning to New Zealand. As the Auckland University course developed, teaching of contact lenses became a separate entity. Kerry went on to develop the course, and with the help of others, notably Grant Watters, lecture, teach and examine undergraduate optometrists in the specialised area of contact lens practice. Kerry still teaches at Auckland University on a part-time basis as a Professional Teaching Fellow, teaching clinical skills and also running a specialist contact lens clinic for final year students.

Kerry has taught and lectured on Contact Lenses globally and was a member of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators.

He was invited to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University by Professor Morris Yap in 2001 and lectured on "Updates on Contact Lens Complications and Patient Management." Kerry was also invited to speak and lecture in Kuala Lumpur and was employed as an educator by Allergan and travelled throughout New Zealand presenting to groups of practitioners about the problems of treating dry eyes. He has also spoken to members of the New Zealand Contact Lens Society on impression materials in contact lens practice.

He was asked to contribute to a world-renowned textbook "Contact Lenses" edited by Phillips and Speedwell and has continued to do so through five editions of this book. Some of Kerry's clinical photographs have been used in another textbook's by Anthony Phillips.

Kerry continued to practice in Otahuhu, Birkenhead and Mairangi Bay establishing a well-founded reputation for excellence in optometry and for his specialised care of contact lens patients, particularly those wearing rigid lenses and those with Keratoconus.

Kerry has been the Vice President and President of the New Zealand College of Optometrists and was heavily involved in organising several conferences for the New Zealand Contact Lens Society.

Kerry has continued his own education throughout his career, completing a BSC in 2001 and a qualification in ocular therapeutics in 2007. The ocular therapeutics qualification enables him to prescribe therapeutic medication for superficial eye infections, inflammations and allergies.

When Kerry's business partner Graham Kearney retired in 2012, Kerry joined Mortimer Hirst. Business partners Grant Watters and Naomi Bicheno are thrilled to have someone of Kerry's expertise and experience join the clinical team at Mortimer Hirst.

Kerry continues to teach, lecture and run a Contact Lens clinic for final year optometry students at the Department of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Auckland.
Kerry Atkinson joining Mortimer Hirst in St Heliers further strengthens the clinical team. Combining their specialty skills, knowledge and extensive experience will ensure Mortimer Hirst remains a leading New Zealand independent practice.

Recommended web sites
Mortimer Hirst’s web site.
Orthokeratology web site.
GrantWatters' web site.
Varny Ganesalingam's web site.
Emilie Langley's web site.
Aki Gokul's web site.