Abby Ussher

/Abby Ussher
Abby Ussher

About Abby Ussher

Abby commenced her Optometry studies in 2014 after three years of full time experience in independent optometry in her home town of Macksville, NSW. Firstly studying optical dispensing, Abby decided optometry was her calling and studied Medical Laboratory Science for a year to transfer into the QUT optometry course. Abby started her Master of Optometry in February, 2017. Abby has vast experience as an optometric assistant, taking care of diagnostic imaging to assist our optometrists, and works closely with Kate in her PhD research. In her spare time, Abby enjoys baking, experimenting with new recipes, planning holidays, travelling the countryside and watching shows at QPAC.

Macular Degeneration Awareness week 2017

Macular Degeneration Awareness week is here. To raise awareness we invite you, your family, your friends – anyone over 50 – to come in and spend 10 minutes with one of our Optometric Assistants (who are mostly QUT optometry students) for a free macular health screening and discussion using our cutting edge technology. We’ll be offering this service until the end of May – please call us on 3210 1822 to set a time with us. (Note this is not a full eye exam – we recommend a comprehensive eye exam at least every 2 years.)

The Facts:
– An eye exam can save your sight
– 1 in 7 Australians over 50 have some evidence of MD
– You have a 50% chance with a direct family history
– You can have the early signs without knowing
– Diet and lifestyle changes support good macular health.

Book in a short screening today, or a full eye exam with one of our optometrists to understand the whole picture of your risks for MD.

A gold coin donation for the Macular Degeneration Foundation will be appreciated.

By | 2017-05-25T14:10:52+00:00 25th May 2017|In the news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Research at Gerry & Johnson

Did you know Gerry & Johnson Optometrists are involved in clinical in-practice and international research projects?

Kate is busy working on her PhD, researching the optics of OrthoK and eye muscle coordination, which is due to be completed in July. All of the data for this research was collected from the practice, with our special PhD participants being involved in the key data collection phase from 2014 to 2016.

Kate and Paul are also working on an international research collaboration which will measure signs of UV damage and their effect on reading focus across a number of countries.

Kate & Paul returned back from a trip to Las Vegas in January to give presentations & learn about the latest treatments with contact lenses at the Global Specialty Lens Symposium Conference.

Paul (pictured above) is directing a new set of contact lens studies investigating new designs, for which we have been recruiting QUT School of Optometry students, who get to learn about contact lenses while participating in research. One day in February, we had 10 participants in the practice until 8pm that night trialing three different types of soft lenses for fit and comfort differences. We fed them pizza to show our appreciation!

Kate broke her ankle

On Saturday 11th February Kate, along with her husband Paul and stepson Jack, started on the Overland Track in Tasmania. After a long day climbing a mountain and trekking along thin boards in horizontal freezing rain, they were descending earth/stone steps only 15 minutes from the conclusion of the day’s walking, when Kate rolled her ankle outwards and heard a pop. Yuk. A fractured fibula.

She got a free helicopter ride to Hobart and also enjoyed her first ambulance and wheelchair ride, and now has 6 weeks in a cast. It was an adventure; just not quite the adventure she’d hoped!

If you’ve ever had crutches before you’ll know they’re mega tiring to use, so our wonderful staff will be escorting you to and from Kate’s consultation room, and Kate will also be asking some help from her colleague optometrists Felicity and Natalie.

Thank you for your patience while Kate’s mobility is impaired over the next several weeks.

By | 2017-03-02T11:49:38+00:00 2nd March 2017|What we've been up to|0 Comments