We strive to help you achieve clear and comfortable vision, and make your eye health our priority. Meet the team that helps you see better!
Dr Glenn Howell | Optometrist
Bachelor of Science in Optometry – University of Melbourne;
Ocular Therapy – University of New South Wales;
PostGraduate Certificate in Optometry (Behavioural & Special Populations) – University of New South Wales;
PostGraduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics – University of Melbourne.
CASA Civil Aviation Safety Authority – Credentialed Optometrist.
Therapeutic Endorsement: authorised to prescribe Schedule 4 ophthalmic medications (eye-drops) including some on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
Memberships: National Vision Research Institute of Australia, Fellow of Australian College of Optometry, Orthokeratology Society of Oceania, Laser Sight Centre & New Vision Clinic – Accredited Optometrist, Optometric Extension Program Foundation; Clinical Associate, Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists, Rotary Club of Hamilton Past President and Treasurer, Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship, Chairman of SGAE Southern Grampians Adult Education.
Dr Chris Law | Optometrist
Doctor of Optometry – University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Science – University of Melbourne
Therapeutic Endorsement: authorised to prescribe Schedule 4 ophthalmic medications (eye-drops) eye-drops including some on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
Memberships: Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia, Optometry Australia, Australian College of Optometry, Australasian College of Behavioural Optometry. Laser Sight Centre & New Vision Clinic – Accredited Optometrist.
Jo Howell | Practice Manager
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Rick Crawford | Optical Dispenser
Sally Young | Optical Assistant & Receptionist
Julie Kensen | Optical Assistant & Receptionist
Sam Dent | Optical Assistant & Receptionist
Kaye Steff | Optical Assistant & Receptionist
Jesse White | Administrative Assistant
Veronica Purcell | Assistant
Lily Steff | Adminstrative Assistant
The practice was originally located at 150 Gray Street, Hamilton from 1935 to 1966 when it was owned by Fred Hughes, watchmaker. He was joined by William Hughes in 1936. He was among the first Victorian optometrists to be registered under the new Act. It is possible that the practice existed before 1935. In 1952 optometrist Peter Wardrop (BSc 1948, LOSc 1951) joined the practice and it moved to 128 Gray Street in 1966. He was succeeded by Robert Bowden [DipAppSc(Optom) QIT 1970]. Elizabeth Hatfield [BOptom Uni Melb 1981] took over the practice in 1985. Ian Swaby [LOSc 1951], an optometrist practicing in his own name and also in Hamilton, was a silent partner in the practice until 1991. We have records dating back to 1954 when Ian Swaby was practicing optometry in Hamilton. Glenn traveled from Blizzard Optometrists, Ararat for 2 years to work in the Swaby practice. Glenn and Jo purchased the practice in 2001 and moved to Hamilton. We have gradually expanded the number of consulting rooms and increased equipment, computerised to make workflow faster and more reliable and opened the branch practice at Casterton. For 6 years another Optometrist has also worked with Glenn. Professionals in Hamilton influenced Glenn to start offering Vision Training which has now become a significant part of the practice.
We like to support local events, fundraisers and sporting clubs. We have donated goods or vouchers to WDHS Hamilton Fun Run, Crocodiles Hamilton basketball club, Cavendish netball club, Parklands Golf Club, Casterton Memorial Hospital Fun Run, Hamilton District Darts, Casterton Cup fashions and Woodhouse Hall trivia night.
Each year we receive final year optometry students who need real life clinical experience in a private rural practice. The students come from many parts of Australia and Asia and are studying at University of Melbourne or Deakin Uni. They find the experience of living and working in a country town for a few weeks is very different to their previous experiences. But they find it fulfilling and a great way to improve their communication and optometry skills.