Thao and Grant Hannaford
Thao and Grant took over an existing practice in Bowral in 2004 bringing their own unique style of personal, professional expertise to eye care in the Southern Highlands. Since then they have both become prominent practitioners both locally and throughout the optical industry delivering lectures at numerous conferences as well as teaching at the University of New South Wales School of Optometry and Vision Science.
Hamdy is an optometrist and graduated from the University of New South Wales with a double degree in a Bachelor of Optometry and a Bachelor of Science with a vision science major. He is a therapeutically qualified ophthalmic medicines prescriber who has worked with a wide range of age groups and client demographics in private practice. Hamdy previously worked as a FIFO (fly in fly out) optometrist for the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation, servicing remote and very remote indigenous rural communities and refugee population. He spent time as a research optometrist at the prestigious Brien Holden Vision Institute and co-authored several research papers on contact lenses and myopia control. His interests are in contact lenses, myopia control and ocular surface disease such as dry eyes. Hamdy is currently doing further studies in public health and is a member of Optometry Australia.
Helen began her career as a dental assistant before starting with Hannaford Eyewear in its early days. During her time with us, she completed the Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing. Helen then became a mother and eventually returned to dental assisting part time. She is now back with us in the role of an ophthalmic technician. Helen assists the optometrists in their clinical consultation as well as helps patients with providing effective ophthalmic lens solutions. Her positive cheery nature is evident when you first step into the practice and she enjoys working with people of all ages.