Tanisha graduated as an Optometrist from the University of Auckland in 2012. She graduated with Honours and Therapeutic Endorsement meaning that she can prescribe ocular medications. Originally from Auckland, Tanisha moved to Tauranga and worked in private practice there for 12 months. Following this she moved to Hamilton to live in a bigger city and to be a little closer to family and friends.

She published an article in an optometry medical journal ‘Clinical and Experimental Optometry’ in January 2015 which was the Editor’s Choice and lead article of that issue. It was entitled “Vision in Children with Down Syndrome". She has also given a lecture on this topic at the University of Auckland in 2012. In 2016 Tanisha also obtained her glaucoma accreditation which means she can prescribe ocular medication for the treatment of glaucoma.

In her spare time Tanisha enjoys swimming and playing waterpolo, as well as spending time with family and friends. She also works part time at the Hamilton Eye Clinic, assisting Dr Merriman with his glaucoma and cataract clinics.




“It was life-changing, pain-free and easy. I was worried for no good reason, as the procedure took minutes; I sat up and the world was clear again. The next day, signs were clearer, lights were sharper and I had a whole new world of detail that I didn’t even have with contacts. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.”