Don't take your eyesight for granted as you age

REGULAR EYE-CHECKS: As you age it is important to remember to make your eye health a priority and maintain annual visits to an optometrist who understands your needs. Photos: Shutterstock
REGULAR EYE-CHECKS: As you age it is important to remember to make your eye health a priority and maintain annual visits to an optometrist who understands your needs. Photos: Shutterstock

Looking after your health and well-being in your senior years is so much easier with the many advances in technology and information we now have at our disposal.

Knowing how to maintain and preserve your precious eyesight, is one of the reasons Hannaford Eyewear is the go-to specialist in the Southern Highlands for everyone and especially those in their senior years.

For more than 17 years Hannaford Eyewear has been providing high-quality, comprehensive eye care to senior and aged-care residents. They are well equipped with the latest ophthalmic equipment to help with early detection and diagnosis of conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Thao Hannaford is the principal optometrist and is currently a doctoral candidate as well. She has more than 20 years of experience and works with patients of all ages.

Grant Hannaford began his career as an optical dispenser and is now a doctoral candidate and teaches optometry students at UNSW. He is the only qualified lens designer in Australia and often receives referrals from other practices to help find ophthalmic solutions for patient's visual needs.

Hamdy Amrizal is an experienced optometrist and ophthalmic medicines prescriber. He also has a background in eye research and has previously worked in rural Indigenous communities with the prestigious Brien Holden Institute.

Helen Sheather is a qualified optical dispenser and assists patients in finding the right lens solutions.

Katie Muscat is a trainee optical dispenser and Eliza Bowmer is an optical assistant. Together, they help keep the practice running at the front end.

Eyecare and ophthalmic solutions including spectacles, contact lenses, low vision aids and ophthalmic accessories.

"We were 2020 Southern Highlands Business of the Year. We are an Australian independent family business which supports our local community through sponsorships and working with others to bring the best service and solutions to the community," Thao said.

"The current trend in aged care includes advanced instrumentation such as Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) where the retina layers are scanned. This helps with early detection of irreversible sight threatening conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration."

Glaucoma and macular degeneration can sneak up on you. Without regular care, these conditions may not be picked up until it is too late.

It is recommended that over 65's should have their eyes examined annually as conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration are common. Prevention is important as not all eye conditions have cures.

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