Who We Are

Bense Optical & Optometry opened its first optical in St. John’s in 2006. In 2016 we will open a second optical on 69 Karwood Drive in Paradise. Both locations have experienced and qualified opticians and the  largest selection of high quality prescription glasses, contacts, and sunglasses at affordable prices. We guarantee top quality products, service and equipment for all of your eye care needs.

There is no referral needed to book an appointment and new patients are always welcome.
To schedule an appointment today please contact one of our opticals:

St. John’s: 709-754-1250

Paradise: 709-702-2020

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We would also like to invite you to visit other Bense Group companies including Bense Vision and Bense SurgiSpa.

State of the Art Technology

OCT - Optical Coherence Tomography

Used in detection/monitoring of diseases such as:

  • Glaucoma detection/monitoring
  • Macular holes
  • Epiretinal membranes
  • Posterior vitreous detachments
  • Central serous chorioretinopathy
  • Retinal pigment epithelial detachment
  • Cystoid macular edema
  • Retinoschisis
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Congenital pit of the optic nerve
  • Disc edema in inflammatory optic neuropathy
  • Histopathalogical correlation
  • Choroidal nevus

Zeiss Fundus Photography

This machine takes a picture of the back of your eye in order to document any abnormality necessary or to monitor diseases such as a Choroidal nevus, which may be slowly growing. This is superior to a doctors drawing or memory.

Humphries Visual Field Analyser

Used for the following:

  • Monitoring the progression of glaucoma
  • Drivers licence testing
  • Optic nerve diseases/compressions
  • Certain neurological conditions


Used for the following:

  • Analysis of the anterior segment of the eye
  • Corneal thickness
  • Cataract analysis
  • Corneal topography

TearLab Osmolarity System

The TearLab is the first test to accurately diagnose and monitor dry eye disease which is one of the most common problems people have.

AcuTarget HD

AcuTarget HD is an optical quality analysis system, which is a double-pass wavefront device that is very useful in the diagnosis and staging of cataracts and DLS (Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome). It captures and measures the forward light scatter (OSI: Optical Scatter Index) originating from a cataract. No more guessing if you need cataract surgery: we can tell you right away if you do.

What we specialize

Bense Optical & Optometry specializes in many areas, products, and services including;

Comprehensive Eye Exams
Low Vision Exams
Men’s Glasses and Frames
Women’s Glasses and Frames
Contact Lenses
Prescription Sunglasses
Single Vision Glasses
Bifocal Contact Lenses
Children’s Glasses and Frames
Dry Eye Solutions
Progressives (PALS)
UV Eye Protection
Blue-Violet Eye Protection