Dr Andrew Huhtanen joined Richard Lindsay & Associates in 2014. He is a dedicated practitioner within the Australian optometric community and actively contributes to teaching and practice in the area of specialty contact lenses (rigid gas permeable lenses, hybrids, minisclerals and orthokeratology). With an emphasis on managing ocular conditions such as keratoconus, corneal grafts and paediatric aphakia, Andrew is dedicated to providing comprehensive eye care and education to patients on eye health. He gets great satisfaction from fitting children with contact lenses, in particular infants with congenital cataracts, and loves interacting with babies and their families.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Andrew earned a Doctor of Optometry from the University of Waterloo following the completion of his Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree at Queen's University. He graduated on the Dean's Honours List and was granted the Award for Excellence in Patient Management by the Ontario Association of Optometrists. He holds accreditation with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and was previously accredited with the College of Optometrists of British Columbia, where he practiced in Vancouver for four years after graduation. He is currently a Clinical Supervisor in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne and the Course Facilitator for the Specialist Certificate in the Management of Contact Lens Patients.
Global learning and practice remains central to Andrew's core values as an Optometrist. He has developed his teaching and practice-based skills through the completion of an ocular disease rotation in Pennsylvania, USA, and has contributed to multiple optometry NGOs through volunteering in Mexico, India and Tanzania. Most recently, he spent time in Myanmar conducting lectures and comprehensive one-on-one training with refractionists in a public eye hospital.
Andrew and his family now consider Melbourne home. When he's not at work, Andrew enjoys exploring Victoria and Australia, running with his dog George in St Kilda and proudly supporting the Richmond Tigers.
What did I do in 2017?
In January, I attended the Global Specialty Lens Symposium in Las Vegas, Nevada. The GSLS is one of the world’s largest contact lens conferences and focuses on the successful management of ocular conditions using specialty contact lenses (rigid, mini-scleral, hybrids, and orthokeratology lenses). At the meeting, I also spoke to a number of contact lens companies, whose lens designs we now incorporate into our practice.
In March, I took on a new role as Course Facilitator for the Specialist Certificate in the Management of Contact Lens Patients, offered through the University of Melbourne.
In June, I participated as both a Clinical Demonstrator and Lecturer at the Mini Scleral Contact Lens Workshop, run through the Australian College of Optometry.
In October, I had the opportunity to do some volunteer work, spending a week teaching at an Eye Hospital in Yangon, Myanmar. I was involved with an up-skilling program through Sight For All, an Australian-based charity that aims to improve access to eye care services to communities in Asia. Andrew spent a week with the local refractionists at the Yangon Eye Hospital, and was overwhelmed by their generosity and kindness.
I was also a co-author on a couple of publications in the ophthalmic literature this year. In June, Andrew along with Richard, and ophthalmologist colleagues Ester Fernandez Lopex, Alex Poon and Catherine Green, published a case report entitled “Bilateral blebs secondary to spontaneous scleral perforations” in the Journal of Glaucoma http://journals.lww.com/glaucomajournal/Abstract/2017/06000/Bilateral_Blebs_Secondary_to_Spontaneous_Scleral.15.aspx.
In December, I was a co-author with Richard and Jillian of a paper entitled “Find something new with a change in view: Axial versus Tangential maps” that was published in Optometry Australia’s Pharma magazine.
Throughout the year, Andrew also continued to provide Clinical Teaching to the optometry students each week in the University of Melbourne Eye Clinic, as he has now done for the last few years.