Optometrists

ANDREW BOWDEN: Owner/Managing Director/Optometrist

andrew bowden owner managing director optometrist/orthokeratologist at envision optical gold coast

andrew@envisionoptical.com.au

Since graduating from QUT with Honours in 1995, Andrew has worked in private practice on the Gold Coast and New Farm in Brisbane. In 2001 he returned to Visions, and became a partner in January 2003. After becoming Managing Partner in 2006, Andrew was responsible for the oversight of the ten Visions practices including business operations and staff management. In addition to this he also managed to see patients 3-4 days a week! In 2010, due to changes in the industry and different ideas on how to move forwards, the partners disbanded the Visions group and Andrew decided to form his own independent eyecare brand that can offer Gold Coast residents a unique individualized experience. A local brand, with local relationships, and genuinely part of the local community. With his wife Honor, an artist, they conceived an eyecare brand that would truly aim to create individual solutions for each unique client/patient that walked in the door.

Andrew usually consults at Treetops and Burleigh Heads, with a session at Tweed Heads South and Nerang each week also. His professional passion is providing quality vision and eye health outcomes to his patients. Andrew is excited to be delivering industry leading technology in preventative vision and eye health management, including vision correction utilising ortho-keratology and myopia control lenses, preventative eye health care via nutrition and diet management, particularly in the areas of macular health and dry eyes, and computer based therapy for binocular vision disorders and reading difficulties. He is passionate about Envision using cutting edge technology such as OCT scanning, MPOD macular health measurement, and digital scans to provide optimal eye health care.

Andrew completed the SUNY Ocular Therapeutics course in 1997, a post-graduate qualification in business management in 2002, and several short courses through the Australian Institute of Management. He underwent specialty training in Ortho-K in 2004. In 2009, Andrew completed the Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics at QUT and became certified to prescribe ocular medications. He has served as a clinical supervisor at QUT from 1998-2000. In 2011, Andrew became a member of the Ocular Nutrition Society of America, to further his knowledge in the area of nutrition in eyecare. In 2012 he became an accredited aviation vision examiner for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and boys, listening to music and attending live shows, travel, cooking and eating out, reading, politics and world events, watching cricket, rugby and basketball, and fishing.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Optometry (Hons) QUT 1995
  • Graduate Certificate Ocular Therapeutics QUT 2009
  • Diagnostic Ophthalmic Drugs Certificate
  • Certificate Small Business Management 2002
  • SUNY Ocular Therapeutics Certificate 1997
  • Credentialed Optometrist CASA 2012

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Member, Optometrists Association Australia
  • Member Contact Lens Society Australia
  • Member Orthokeratology Society of Oceania
  • Member International Academy of Orthokeratology
  • Member Ocular Nutrition Society of America
  • Member of Australasian College of Behavioural Optometry
  • Member International Keratoconus Academy
  • Member Central Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce

 

NICOLE ARNOLD: Optometrist

nicole@envisionoptical.com.au

After growing up on the Gold Coast, Nicole attended QUT in the same student intake as Andrew. Following graduation in 1995, Nicole moved back to the coast with her husband, and worked for various local optometrists. For the last 10 years, in between raising her 4 children and helping her husband run their successful surveying and town planning business, Nicole has worked part-time in practices owned by Andrew Bowden. She enjoys general optometry practice and looks forward to her weekly sessions at Tweed Heads. Away from work she is kept very busy spending time with her husband Michael and their four children, and enjoys travel and reading good books.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Applied Science Optometry QUT 1995

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Member, Optometrists Association Australia

MADELEINE THOMPSON: Optometrist

Maddie

madeleine@envisionoptical.com.au

Madeleine graduated from UNSW with Honours and therapeutic accreditation; enabling her to diagnose and treat a range of ocular conditions with topical medications. After graduation Madeleine stayed on in Sydney where she worked at a busy optometry practice. Seeking a lifestyle change she recently moved to the Gold Coast with her husband where they are enjoying the proximity to the beach.

Madeleine is passionate about providing her patients with the best possible eyecare. She prides herself on understanding and meeting patient requirements. Madeleine enjoys practicing all aspects of optometry and continues to update her skills with conferences and professional development.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of optometry, and Bachelor of vision science UNSW

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Member, Optometrists Association Australia
  • Member Cornea and Contact Lens Society Australia
  • Member Ocular Nutrition Society America

SALMA ISMAIL: Optometrist

Gold coast optometrist

Salma has worked for a public health eye care organisation for 8 years where her main role was providing eye care services within Aboriginal community controlled settings. She also has experience in the development and implementation of eye care education within various international projects.
Her work began with the Brian Holden Vision Institute, in 2008, in the public health division as a community optometrist, where she provided eye care services through the 100 locations within NSW for a period of 18 months. This was a great experience and ultimately led to her passion for providing eye care services within Aboriginal communities. Salma also got to see alot of country NSW!
Salma then worked within a few Pacific Island projects as a project development officer, where her main role was managing the setup of vision centres within the local hospital systems of Samoa and the Solomon Islands. This involved providing equipment to perform refractions and cutting and fitting lenses for spectacles; working with local health bodies and hospitals to implement management and procurement systems in order to supply spectacles for the local communities that were equitable and sustainable. She was also involved in developing and implementing refraction refresher courses, low vision training and management training of staff.
Next Salma took on the role of education development officer, providing global education support in developing short refresher courses needed within projects, as well as the development and implementation of online education programs such as the RAHC (Remote Arial Health Corps) online primary eye care modules and Aboriginal eye care training delivery. She has also authored a paper on the Analysis of the role of regional eye health care workers and their training needs which she presented at the NACCHO  conference in 2014. In the last 14 months Salma has been working as a locum optometrist working for private and corporate optometrists throughout Australia.
Salma is very experienced in all aspects of eye health and has a caring disposition. She is passionate about providing accessible eye care to disadvantaged communities and educating the community on the importance of regular eye exams.
When not working Salma enjoys spending time with her family and doing community work.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Optometry
  • Masters in Public Health

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Member, Optometrists Association Australia
  • Member Orthokeratology Society of Oceania