Our Optometrists

Shire Optometrists

Steve Langshaw

B.Optom (UNSW)

Steve Langshaw attended Caringbah High and graduated from UNSW with Honours in Optometry in 1982.

After graduating, he worked in private practice in Sydney, the UK and country NSW before joining Richard Bell and establishing Shire Optometrists. For 11 years, Steve was the Clinical Supervisor for the University Clinic at Garrawarra Hospital.

His special clinical interests include contact lenses, ocular pathology and children’s vision.

Steve is married with three sons. He is involved with scouts and enjoys kayaking, bushwalking, caving, tennis and reading.

Steve Langshaw

Richard Bell

B.Optom (UNSW)

Richard grew up in Woolooware and studied at Woolooware High School, becoming the first School Captain. Throughout high school and university, Richard was actively involved in athletics and basketball. His real passion however, was football, and he played with the Sydney Olympic team, representing NSW and Australia for the Socceroos in 1975 and 1976 until a career-ending injury in Germany.

Richard graduated from the University of NSW in 1978 and entered private practice in Cronulla in 1979. Upon the retirement of the iconic Nevil Fulthorpe, Richard took over the practice. In 1985, both he and Stephen Langshaw open a second practice in Gymea. This was the start of Shire Optometrists.

Richard resides in Burraneer, has four children Murray, Mikarla, James and Jamika.

Richard Bell
Steve Langshaw, Richard Bell

Nicole Lawson

B.Optom (Hons) (UNSW), B Sci

Nicole’s interest in optometry started at her first eye appointment in Kindergarten at the Illawong Shire Optometrists practice. At that stage, she required spectacles to correct her vision, and her interest in optometry grew with her regular eye check-ups over the following years.

Nicole went on to complete her Bachelor of Optometry with Honours and Bachelor of Science at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). This double degree qualified Nicole as a therapeutically endorsed optometrist. This means she can prescribe eye drops to manage a range of eye infections and inflammation, and also co-manage glaucoma patients.

Nicole is particularly interested in children’s vision and management of eye disease. She also has a keen interest in orthokeratology. This allows her to use contact lenses that eligible patients wear at night to correct their vision during the daytime, without the need to wear spectacles or contact lenses during the day.

Nicole typically consults at the Gymea and Jannali practices.

In her down time, Nicole loves spending her time outdoors, going to the beach, and boating. She has a love of music and plays guitar.

Nathan Ho

B.Optom (Hons) (UNSW)

Nathan’s first encounter with the eye care profession was during Year 10 work experience at high school. This took place under the supervision of Stephen Langshaw at the Gymea practice of Shire Optometrists. He went on to complete his Bachelor of Optometry with Honours Class 1 and the University Medal at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

An interest in managing eye disease saw him return to UNSW to complete a Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics. This allows him to treat patients with prescription medication for conditions ranging from sore and red eyes to glaucoma.

He is currently involved in the education of future optometrists in his position of Clinical Supervisor at UNSW. He oversees optometry students examine the eyes of patients in the final years of their degree at the university clinic.

Nathan usually consults at the Jannali and Illawong practices, as well as performing nursing home visits.

Away from work, you are likely to find Nathan on the cricket field, on the squash court or hiking through bushland.

Kylie Watkins

B.Optom (Hons) (UNSW)

Kylie Watkins joined the Langshaw and Bell Shire Optometrists in 1995. She completed her B.Optom (Hons) at UNSW in 1993.

Kylie commenced her career in Western Australia where she worked in both city and country practices developing a wide range of skills.

Kylie has been a long term resident of the Shire and now enjoys delivering back to her loyal patients with professionalism and dedication.