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  • Meet Our Team

    Andrew
    Andrew Huhtanen

    Optometrist

    My Story

    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 2019?

    In the first term of 2019, I facilitated a 12-week online certificate course, Specialist Certificate in the Management of Contact Lens Patients, offered through the Department of Optometry & Vision Sciences at the University of Melbourne.  The course offers optometrists the opportunity to keep abreast of new developments in advanced contact lens fitting techniques such as: toric rigid lens fitting, contact lenses for keratoconus, orthokeratology and the fitting of contact lenses after corneal refractive surgery and keratoplasty.  I have been facilitating this course every year since 2017.

    I had the great privilege of sharing my experience with mini-scleral lenses, presenting a lecture titled Mini-Scleral Contact Lens Fitting for Corneal Disease at the 36th Annual ANZ Cornea Society and Eye Bank Meeting (RANZCO), in Adelaide, South Australia in March 2019.  The event provides an opportunity for leading corneal ophthalmologists, optometrists and medical scientists to collaborate on the newest research, technologies and techniques in treating ocular disease. 

    In July 2019, I participated as both a Clinical Demonstrator and Lecturer at the Orthokeratology Workshop, run through the Australian College of Optometry.  This annual workshop is run in coordination with Dr Adrian Bruce, lead optometrist at the Australian College of Optometry.  

    As part of the 3rd year curriculum for the University of Melbourne Doctor of Optometry program, I presented a tutorial titled Contact Lens Management of Post-Refractive & Post-Graft Surgery Patients in September 2019.  The 2-hour tutorial focuses on contact lens options for patients who have undergone surgeries such as LASIK, PRK and corneal transplants. 

    Along with my colleague Jillian Campbell, I presented an academic poster titled Are Mini-Sclerals Associated with an Increased Incidence of Acute Corneal Hydrops? at the 17th International Cornea and Contact Lens Congress, in Noosa, Queensland, in October 2019.  The poster highlights the need for proper care in fitting mini-scleral contact lenses to eyes with advanced corneal ectatic diseases such as keratoconus and pellucid marginal degeneration.

    Throughout the 2019 academic year, I provided Clinical Teaching and Supervision each week for the final 4th year Doctor of Optometry students at the University of Melbourne Eye Care Clinic.  Together with the students, we see patients in the Cornea and Contact Lens Clinic who require specialised contact lens services, such as orthokeratology, contact lenses for keratoconus, and contact lenses for post-keratoplasty.  I have been supervising students at UMEyecare since 2015.