03 343 3909
10 Clyde Road, Ilam, Christchurch

Our People

Dharshie Hughes | Jeremy Fox | Iris Xu | Nicola K Boyce

Dharshie Hughes – Optometrist

Dharshie Hughes - Optometrist and Director/Partner of Anstice & Associates Optometrists.

A School Vision Specialist, Certified in Ocular Therapeutics, Irlen Diagnostics, and a member of the Orthokeratology Society of Oceania, NZ Cornea & Contact Lens Society, and NZ Association of Optometrists.

Dharshie graduated from the University of Auckland in 2003. She has extensive experience in testing Children with visual difficulties that often creates learning and reading challenges at school. “It surprises me how often vision can be over-looked as part of the cause of reading, tracking or processing difficulties. Often, once the visual mechanics have been stabilised with specs and/or vision therapy, their learning potential exponentially improves”. We have many stories here at Anstice & Associates that have found exactly this.

What does Dharshie Do?

Anstice School Vision Assessments & General to Advanced Adult Examinations.

Orthokeratology – as a means of slowing the progression of myopia (or short-sightedness) in children. Adults also enjoy the freedom of no specs.

Contact lenses (all types of soft and hard lenses) – Dharshie has experience working with Ophthalmologists in managing corneal conditions and post-operative aftercare, contact lens fittings for Keratoconics and post-corneal graft fitting.

Irlen Diagnostics – there are a number of children (and adults) who require this additional help in their specs. Here at Anstice & Associates we are proud to be able to offer this speciality service.

What keeps Dharshie motivated and enjoying work?

It is highly rewarding to be part of the process of having school children gain self-confidence by reaching their full learning potential – sometimes it takes as little as putting on a pair of specs in class to do this. Adults can also benefit similarly in a work environment with computer use. It can often change people’s lives and academic potential.

Another one of my enjoyments of looking after people’s sight is being able to volunteer eye care services abroad in places that have very little, such as Asia and the South Pacific.


Jeremy FoxJeremy Fox – Optometrist

Jeremy Fox BSc, Dip Optom F.O.A.(SA), MCOptom (UK), Dip ScVP (UK)
Optometrist and Director/Partner of Anstice & Associates Optometrists.

A School Vision Specialist, a member of NZ Cornea & Contact Lens Society and NZ Association of Optometrists.

Jeremy qualified in South Africa where he was in private practice, with special interest in Child Vision Care. He then spent 10 years in the UK, practising in a National Domicilliary Eyecare provider (home care), for elderly and people with varying degrees of learning and developmental disabilities. He was also involved with Multinational group practices in various roles in the UK. On return to South Africa he was a partner in private practices, as well as holding senior management roles within the largest optometric group. Since arriving in New Zealand with his wife and three young children he has worked in private practice as well as group practices before completing his Diploma in Schoolvision, in the UK, prior to joining Anstice and Associates.

What does Jeremy do?

General optometry specialising in children’s Schoolvision.

What does Jeremy love most about his job?

Being able to make a difference in the lives of school children whether academically or sporting or both, as well as their parents, when they see the positive contribution we can make to the future success of their children.

What keeps Jeremy in the Optics Industry?

Realising that we have so much work to do. With overseas research statistics suggesting that up to 50% of school children have some degree of visual anomaly that is/will affect them reaching their full potential.


Iris XuIris Xu – Optometrist

Iris is a well respected & knowledgable Optometrist from Northlands Mall who moved to join Anstice & Associates  in December 2014.

Iris has speciality training in Behavioural (Children’s) Vision, a special interest in elderly patients, contact lenses & has ocular therapeutic certification

“I am very pleased to have joined the Professional Team at Anstice & Associates (Dharshie Hughes & Jeremy Fox) & to be in a position to offer full optometric services to patients”

Iris is fluent in English, Mandarin & Cantonese.


Nicola K BoyceNicola K Boyce – Optometrist

Nicola is a well respected and knowledgeable Optometrist, known for her reputation of going the extra mile with her patients, looking after their needs and engaging in successful patient communication.

Nicola has a wide range of clinical interests, the main one being the field of paediatric optometry and the visual facets of learning difficulties. So much is her passion for children that Nicola has added Schoolvision to her list of qualifications.

Besides children's vision, Nicola has extensive experience in fitting contact lenses, is therapeutically qualified, and every now and again can also be found at the Burwood Low Vision Clinic helping those with partial sight.