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A touch of history​

Welcome to Knapp Optometrists, a family owned business passed down through the generations since 1897.

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Where it all began

Knapp was born in England in 1873 and migrated to Australia with his school-teacher parents when he was just eight years of age.

Having settled in Brisbane, Knapp left school at aged 14 to work with Flavelle Brothers and Roberts Brisbane Optometrists. During his time he established a friendship with an optometrist in the practice, Arnold Clarke and they migrated to Perth in 1897, during the gold rush, to establish an optometry practice.

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A&K Knapp was established in Perth

Clarke and Knapp established their practice as ophthalmic opticians and spectacle makers in Royal Arcade, Perth. Clarke later returned to England, leaving August Knapp to continue the business.  The practice of Knapp Optometrists has continued over four generations.

August Knapp went on to found the Western Australian Optical Association in 1916 and was its first and long serving president.

Today Jo and her team stand by the family histories and are still dedicated to offering expertise and knowledgeable advice.  Her strong, loyal following is a credit to her commitment.

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Do your eyes need a checkup?

Struggling to read text far away or close up?  It’s time to have an eye examination to ensure your eyes are working at their optimum.

Unfortunately many eye problems have no obvious signs and symptoms, and can build up over time, resulting in irreversible eye disease and even vision loss. With regular check ups, early detection and intervention can ensure our eyes are in optimal health

“Bespoke, Boutique, Beautiful”

Eye Test

Our skilled team will help you select the best lens design to help you get the best out of your vision, factoring in individual lifestyle, ergonomics and physical requirements

Eye Care

Being a third generation optometrist business we have the expertise and the technology to early detect the most common eye problems and provide you with professional eye care guidance and solutions


Established in 1895, Knapp Optometrists have been bringing the finest eyewear from around the world to our customers in Perth. Our certificated opticians will show you one of our bespoke brands.

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