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 - Owner Optometrist
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.
MY BACKGROUND –
I qualified as a Dispensing Optician studying at Bradford College in 1997 and went on to study Contact Lenses at City & Islington in London in 1999. I continued my study in Optometry at Anglia University in Cambridge, qualifying as an Optometrist in 2002. I worked for most of the large chain Opticians in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, moving back to Yorkshire to setup Airedale Opticians.
Working for the high street chains, I increasingly noticed how their business model was geared to just selling glasses. The time to provide advice, the level of equipment and continued professional development is just not possible in such an environment. Setting up Airedale Opticians and allowing the time, investing in the latest equipment and providing the time for professional development (including that of my team) is now the main drivers to Airedale Opticians success.
In my spare time I still love playing 5-a-side football (just about!) keeping fit, traveling (anywhere!) 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 progression management in children
- Glaucoma diagnosis and monitoring
- Dry eye 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)
Consultant Optometrist Sarah Jackson qualified as an Optometrist in 2002 from Anglia University in Cambridge. Sarah worked in the Norfolk and Cambridgeshire area, working in a number of Glaucoma, Cataract referral and Diabetic monitoring schemes in conjunction with the local hospitals.
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.
Tim and Gill 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 is the Team Manager and senior optical advisor with over fifteen years of experience at the practice, she has been in charge of training all of the current Optical Advisors. She enjoys helping patients choose their glasses and is always happy to give honest advice on whether or not frames suit.
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 is a Dispensing Optician, qualifying in 2018 after a three year course at Bradford College.
She particularly enjoys helping children to find the right frames to suit their needs. Her favourite frames are from the Etnia range with their bright Spanish design along with Flexon and Titanflex with their tough, flexible technology. Gill likes to discuss the different lens options available and which would be most appropriate to each patient depending on their needs, prescription and frame choice.
When she’s not working, Gill likes walking, spending time with her children and a variety of crafts incuding jewellery making.