Joanne Kalil


B. Optom. (RAU) Post.Grad.Dip.Adv.Clin. Optometry (Melbourne)

After having qualified as an Optometrist at the Rand Afrikaans University and completed post graduate studies through the University of Melbourne, Joanne moved to Durban in 2001 and established the practice soon after. Initially the primary focus was assisting those with low vision, but with time children's binocular vision assessments and general optometry became part of the practice. Joanne brings over 23 years’ experience to the practice and enjoys the input of her colleagues Elmarie and Ty in contributing to the overall care of those who entrust us with their eye care.

Ty Lahner


B. Optom - Diagnostics (UKZN)

Ty qualified with his Bachelor of Optometry (Diagnostics) at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and joined the practice soon after.

In the years since then, Ty has enjoyed the varied challenges of both binocular visual assessments and the low vision work we do at the practice. As well as this (having experienced the benefits of contact lens wear as a surf photographer himself) Ty is ideally suited to teaching even our younger patients how to manage and care for their contact lenses.

Elmarie Grendele


B. Tech Optometry (University of Johannesburg)

Elmarie qualified at the University of Johannesburg and with her family moved to Durban to enjoy the wonderful outdoor family lifestyle that it offers. With a keen interest in children’s vision, Elmarie brings her vast experience, enthusiasm for what we do, as well as her care and understanding (as a mother herself) to the practice. Her love for optometry extends to adult eye care, with comprehensive detailed adult optometric assessments adding to the binocular visual assessment work that she does.

Simon - Lens and Frame Consultant

Simon has been part of our practice since 2015 and brings 20 years’ experience in optics to the work that we do. With the care that he shows to each individual, Simon is available and well qualified to assist you in choosing optically appropriate, beautiful, safe and functional frames and lenses, best suited to your requirements and budget.

Cheryl - Customer Service and Accounts

Cheryl brings her years of experience in medical practices to our rooms. Hers is the friendly voice you hear when you call us and it is thanks to her organised efficiency and professionalism that things run as smoothly as they do! Feel free to contact Cheryl with any consultation booking or accounts help you may need and she will go out of her way to assist.

Philma - Practice Administration and Customer Service

Philma is the newest person on our team and brings her optical background, varied professional experience and friendly efficiency to our practice. We are sure that you will appreciate her talent for making things run efficiently as much as we do! Please ask Philma for any assistance that you need.