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New focus sees George & Matilda invest in technology

01/11/2017By Matthew Woodley • Staff Journalist
George & Matilda Eyecare will increase its investment in OCT technology after management recognised the escalating impact glaucoma and childhood myopia is having on peoples’ welfare.

One of the first practices to benefit from this renewed focus is the Westfield Liverpool location in NSW, which received new OCT equipment and a Zeiss Humphrey Visual Field Analyser as part of a four-week renovation. Additionally, George & Matilda CEO Mr Chris Beer said the company would be devoting more resources to training and education in an effort to lower the level of non-detection currently associated with glaucoma and childhood myopia.

“In the high percentage of cases, glaucoma is entirely treatable but unfortunately half of the people who have it are not aware. It doesn’t just affect older people – many young people suffer from glaucoma but are often not aware until it’s too late,” he said.

Chris Beer, George & Matilda CEO
“Today’s lifestyle, with increased exposure to smartphones, tablets and computers, means we need a 21st century solution to address the incidence of challenges to eyesight in both adults and kids.”
Chris Beer, George & Matilda CEO

“Today’s lifestyle, with increased exposure to smartphones, tablets and computers, means we need a 21st century solution to address the incidence of challenges to eyesight in both adults and kids. This can impact everything from learning and development in kids, to young people as they undertake tertiary studies or train on their first job.

“Our investment in the new practice reflects our belief that specialist optometrists who know their local communities are best equipped to help educate about, as well as detect and manage, vision problems,” Beer added.

Likewise, practice owner Ms Margaret Lam emphasised the need to tackle diseases such as glaucoma and highlighted the importance of cooperation between healthcare professionals in managing preventable blindness.

“This will ensure all healthcare practitioners are working together more to diagnose and manage preventable vision loss and improve the eye health of all our patients,” she said.

“With this in mind we have rejuvenated the practice, and in particular, invested in new extra equipment to test for glaucoma to ensure all our patients are well looked after.”

The company, which has grown rapidly since it launched in April last year, currently has 38 eyecare practices nationwide.

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