Paul McCarthy

Locum Optometrist

Paul McCarthy Optometrist

After graduating with a Bachelor of Optometry degree from UNSW in 1982, I entered private practice. For over 30 years, I owned and operated a very busy and successful independent optometry practice in Drummoyne, Sydney. In addition to my Optometry degree, I hold a Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics from UNSW. Acknowledging the current global pandemic, I have obtained COVID-19 Infection Control protocol certification from the WHO and Commonwealth Department of Health.

I can confidently say I've seen just about everything when it comes to the scope and nature of patient presentations. My skills cover a wide variety of general optometric practice and include children’s vision and sports vision. I’m a great communicator and quickly build rapport and trust with patients of all ages, occupations, and locales.

I understand the challenges of practice ownership having owned Paul McCarthy Optometrist for over 30 years. The responsibility and the importance of nurturing the patient relationship is not lost on me - it's why I am committed to independent optometry and to supporting independent optometrists in their practices around Australia.

As your locum optometrist, I’ll bring all of this and more to your practice. You can enjoy time away for leisure, family commitments, or just some much needed ‘time out’. In short, you relax and I will take the utmost care of your optometry practice and patients.

References and testimonials are available on request – just drop me a line at

Paul McCarthy - Credentials

  • Bachelor of Optometry, UNSW (1982)
  • Graduate Certificate Ocular Therapeutics, UNSW (2018)
  • Commonwealth Dept of Health and WHO COVID-19 Infection Control certification (2020)
  • Diagnostic Drugs Certificate, UNSW
  • Member, Optometry Australia
  • Registered with Optometry Board of Australia/AHPRA