About

Welcome to Central Park Optical

Central Park Optical, previously known as Chris McDonald Optometrists, was opened in 1985 and has been running for the last 30 years. It is an independent practice that is dedicated to providing the best eye care to all ages, in style.

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Emma Laverty

Emma graduated from Melbourne University in 1992. Her first job was in rural Victoria, Horsham. She then spent time working with independent optometrists in Melbourne and Adelaide. Returning back to Melbourne with her husband and 2 children she worked as a locum for Chris and then settled at National Pharmacies Optical. Emma bought Chris’s practice with Gill in May 2014. Emma has interests in children’s vision, contact lenses and general optometry.

Gillian Harrison

Gill has had over 20 years of experience as a dispenser and stylist in the optical industry.

Gill and Emma first met while working for an independent optometrist in Adelaide. Gill managed the practice which grew to 3 practices over time. When she and her husband moved to Melbourne 12 years ago, again she worked with Emma in the practice she was managing. Together, Gill and Emma, purchased Central Park Optical in 2014.

Gill particularly loves the fashion and styling side of optometry.

Chris McDonald

Chris graduated from Melbourne University in 1976. He opened the practice here in East Malvern in 1985 and has worked here for the last thirty years. In 2014, looking for a lifestyle change, Chris sold the practice to Emma and Gill and now works three days a week. Chris has interests in full scope optometry.

Robyn Morrow

Robyn has worked extensively as an optometrist with Christopher McDonald over the years and we are thrilled to now have her with us on a regular basis.