World Sight Day

World Sight Day is a global event that focuses on bringing attention to blindness and vision impairment. It is observed on the second Thursday of October each year.

In light of this day, UFS optical would like to draw your attention to the seriousness of Glaucoma in our society today.  Glaucoma is a condition in which the nerve cells which transmit information from one eye to the brain are damaged. Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide and one in 10 Australians over 80 will develop Glaucoma. At present, 50% of people with Glaucoma in Australia are undiagnosed.

Often you will not be aware that you have Glaucoma until it is too late. To diagnose Glaucoma the Optometrist looks at the nerve fibres at the back of the eye, examines the eye’s drainage network, measures the pressure in the eye and tests the field of vision. These tests are simple and painless. People over the age of 40 years are far more likely to have Glaucoma than younger people and it also tends to run in the family.

So UFS Optical encourage all people to have a test, before it is too late.  UFS Optical are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Optometrist, Leonie Skewes, an extremely experienced Optometrist who can conduct these tests for you today.

Completing her Bachelor of Science in Optometry at the University of Melbourne in 1991, she went on to finish a Post graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics in 2005.

Leonie has worked in Bendigo and Castlemaine since 1992 and has had locum experience all over Australia.

Michael Fleming, CEO UFS Pharmacies notes,

‘It is extremely exciting to have Leonie on board who not only brings a wealth of Optical knowledge and experience, but ensures our customers are getting the best advice and eye care from UFS Optical.’

Leonie advises it was ‘the reputation of UFS  within the community that attracted me to this position as I have always admired their community focus and service they provide their customer.’

Leonie Skewes
BScOptomGCOT (Melb)

For further information contact Leonie @ UFS Optical 5441 8077