About Us -
Our friendly and highly experienced team believe in building lifelong relationships with customers, getting to know you and your vision needs. Our staff have over 80 years combined optical experience in providing your eyecare.
Mohammed Hafejee B/Optom (hons), MC Optom, Dip Glaucoma.
Optometrist Owner - Qualified 1998
Dispensing Optician – F.B.D.O (1997)
Contact Lens – (1999)
Optometry – MC Optom, B Optom (Hons) (2002/3)
WOPEC – MECS Accredited (2018)
Certificate in Glaucoma – Prof Cert Glaucoma (2019)
Certificate in Medical Retina – Prof Cert Medical Retina (2023)
I am the Managing Director and Principle Optometrist at Airedale Opticians. I am passionate about providing an environment where our customers feel comfortable and get the care and advice they need. I believe in investing in the latest technology and developing skills (my own and my team) to respond to the changing needs of my patients.
I qualified as a Dispensing Optician studying at Bradford College (1995) and went on to study Contact Lenses at City and Islington in London. I continued my study in Optometry at Anglia University in Cambridge.
Since qualifying I continue to further my learning with CET/CPD (ongoing professional training and development) and attend numerous courses nationally and internationally. I have also completed the diploma in Glaucoma, Medical Retina, and MECS accredited and completed numerous WOPEC and dry eye courses.
Having worked for most of the large chain Opticians, I increasingly noticed how customers needed time. Time to ask the relevant questions, time to listen to the answers, time to examine my customers eyes, time to provide clear advice and discuss the results fully and importantly, time to provide clear health advice to maintain good vision. Setting up Airedale Opticians and allowing the time, investing in the latest equipment and ongoing professional development (including that of my team) is now the main drivers to Airedale Opticians success.
I have also completed the College of Optometrists Pre- Reg Training course, allowing me to train students who have completed their degree to become registered Optometrists.
In my spare time I still love playing 5-a-side football (just about!) keeping fit, traveling (anywhere!), gardening, cycling and watching any sport (live or on TV!)
My areas of speciality include:
- Personalised Lenses
- Eye nutrition and eye health
- Macula Degeneration diagnosis and management
- Myopia Control in children
- Glaucoma diagnosis and monitoring
- Dry eye, Blepharitis and its management
- Low vision and its management with Magnifires and Digital Technology
- All types of contact lens fitting
- Childrens eyecare – Including Amblyopia Management (Lazy Eye)
Sarah Jackson B/Optom(hons), MC Optom
Optometry – M/Optom, B/Optom (Hons) (2002/3)
WOPEC – MECS Accredited (2019)
Certificate in Medical Retina – Prof Cert Medical Retina (2023)
Consultant Optometrist Sarah Jackson qualified as an Optometrist in 2002 from Anglia University in Cambridge. Sarah has worked in a number of Glaucoma, Cataract referral and Diabetic monitoring schemes in conjunction with the local hospitals.
Sarah is able to provide MECS (Minor Eye Conditions Service) appointments. The Minor Eye Conditions Service provides assessment and treatment for people with recently occurring minor eye problems. It is a NHS service provided by accredited optometrists.
In her spare time Sarah enjoys walking, gardening reading biographies and gourmet cooking!
Sarah’s areas of speciality include:
- Cataract diagnosis and management
- Wet & Dry ARMD diagnosis and management
- Contact lens fitting
- Dry Eye Management
- Diabetic Eye Screening
- Eye Nutrition and Eye Health
- Blepharitis Management
Your Practice Team
We are assisted by our practice team – you will see them in a wide range of tasks – from booking your appointment to completing your paperwork and performing the Pre-examination tests before your appointment. then helping you to choose your glasses and recommending lenses afterwards.
Gill and Antonio are our Qualified Dispensing Opticians – they have a three year study qualification and are able to carry out additional roles and functions, including the dispensing or supervision of dispensing of children and people with visual impairment, as well as offering specialist services and advice to patients.
Angie - Manager
20+ years Practice Experience
Angie is our senior optical consultant with over twenty years of experience at the practice.
Angie has experience in all aspects of the practice, from booking a suitable appointment, to pre-screen, dispensing glasses, fitting of spectacles to contact lens queries and more.
Angie mostly enjoys helping our clients choose their glasses and is always happy to give honest advice on whether or not frames suit. Angie has loyal customer base who trust her with their frame styling at each visit!
Angie also works in our in-practice optical lab, cutting and fitting lenses, giving her a detailed knowledge of lens designs and she can advise on which lenses will work best in particular frames. In her spare time she enjoys reading thriller novels and watching films.
Gill Thorp F.B.D.O - Dispensing Optician
Gill has been with Airedale Opticians since 2011, qualifying as a Dispensing Optician in 2018. With over 12 years in optics, she is great at helping patients find their perfect frame style and discussing the best lens options to fit their needs.
During 2020, Gill completed a child psychology diploma, giving her a better insight and tools to discuss eyecare with children.
Gill has also recently undertaken further training in Low Vision to enable her to help patients who are sight impaired. She is now running Low Vision Assessments to help patients with all levels of sight impairment maintain their independence.
In her spare time Gill enjoys, reading, running, walking her dog and spending time with her children.
Antonio Capozio F.B.D.O - Dispensing Optician
Antonio is a qualified Dispensing Optician, with over 20 years experience in Optics.
In that time Antonio has seen almost everything to do with frames, lenses, contact lenses, solutions and more! With his expert knowledge of all the options and ability to find that perfectly fitted frame – you are in safe hands!
Sheridan - Optical Consultant
Tayyib - Optometrist
Tayyib is a new Optometrist, having recently graduated from Manchester University in 2021.
You may see Tayyib at your appointments for Eye Examinations or Contact Lens Visits.