Our Optometrists

 Elise Pocknee, Optometrist at Eyre Eye Centre


My Professional interests are eye disease management, children’s vision, ocular therapeutics and rural and community eye care. I spend most of my time consulting in our Port Lincoln and Whyalla Practices and also consult in Cowell throughout the year.

Outside of my professional life I have represented SA for hockey on seven occasions, have been the President of Optometry South Australia for 5 years and currently sit on Optometry South Australia board.

I am passionate about orienteering, hockey, camping, travelling and seeking knowledge.  Family time is important and I love spending time with my husband and our three children.

 Phil Clem, Optometrist at Eyre Eye Centre


My interest in optometry came from an inspirational Optometrist during work experience.  From there I developed a passion for eye disease management, contact lenses and ocular therapeutics. I currently consult in Port Lincoln, Ceduna and Streaky Bay.

In addition to my professional life I have also trekked through the Himalayas and love skiing. On weekends you will often find me playing golf or tennis. I enjoy orienteering and camping with my wife and our 3 children.

 Craig Farmer, Optometrist at Eyre Eye Centre


My professional interests are in specialty contact lenses, children’s vision, ocular therapeutics and eye disease management.  I consult in Port Lincoln, Ceduna, Wudinna, Tumby Bay and Cummins

I have also served in the Australian air force, and worked as an Optometrist in Port Macquarie before settling in Port Lincoln.

In my spare time I enjoy martial arts, riding motor bikes, tennis, camping, church and family activities with my wife and four children.

 Tamara Karolewicz - Optometrist at Eyre Eye Centre, Port Lincoln

Tamra Karolewicz

My passion for optometry is driven by my own personal experience of having Low vision.  My interests lay in the areas of Children’s vision, ocular therapeutics, disease management and contact lenses.  I consult in Port Lincoln and Ceduna.

In 2016 I was the recipient of the South Australian Young Achievers’ – Rural Doctors’ Workforce Agency Rural Health Award.  I moved from Adelaide to commence my career in Port Lincoln.

 I love travelling, snow skiing, hiking, good food and socialising with friends.

 David Welch, Optometrist

David Welch

As a child requiring glasses; my Optometrist suggested I become one myself.  This has proven to be an extremely rewarding decision which has enabled me to interact with many people from all walks of life.

I have served Optometry by being involved in the professional association at both Federal and State levels as well as being on the registration board.  I am enthused with children’s vision and laser surgery and also involved with the Low Vision Centre, Migrant Health Centre and far north outreach clinics in country South Australia. I consult in Whyalla and Adelaide.

Outside of Optometry I enjoy golf, pistol shooting, reviving my piano skills and spending time with my partner and two daughters.