About Us

Darling Downs Optometrist is a locally owned optometry practice in Toowoomba, Queensland. 

Our expert optical team has been providing quality, affordable eye care since 2006.

In 2014 we changed our name from Optical Warehouse to Darling Downs Optometry.


Dr Hendrik Ferreira (Optometrist)

Hendrik qualified as an Optometrist in South Africa in 1982. He established and managed an Eye Clinic for the South Africa Government before opening his own Optometric practice in rural Eastern Cape Province where he was exposed to a wide range of general and extreme eyecare.

Hendrik immigrated to Australia in 2002, bringing his years of knowledge and experience with him.

He completed the Australian competency in Optometry Examination, studied Behavioral Optometry 1&2 at the University of NSW and has a Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics from Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

JJ Nel (Optical Dispenser)

Mr Jaco Johan Nel (JJ) has 19 years’ experience in the optical industry, starting his career in New Zealand in 1998.

After completing his optical dispenser studies, JJ worked as an Optical Dispenser/ Practice Manager for two Optometrist retail stores and a supervisor for a spectacle laboratory.

He relocated to Australia in 2006 and became a Product Specialist in Ophthalmic Diagnostics Equipment. For nine years he worked very closely with ophthalmologists, optometrists and hospital eye clinics specializing in Ultrasound, lasers, microscopes, retinal imaging, optical coherence and tomography.

JJ joined the team at Darling Downs Optometrist in August 2014 after moving to Toowoomba to enjoy the rural lifestyl

Jane Reuter (Receptionist)

Jane joined our team in June 2017 and brings with her a wealth of retail experience both in Optics and the Farmacy industry.  She helps customers choose the right frames to suit their personal features and style. She's also responsable for selecting the latest fashions and styles in frames and brings a fresh new approach to the frames on display.


Darling Downs Optometry is a member of the Optometrist Association of Australia and ProVision.