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AOP Dispensing Optician of the Year 2011

posted 18 Apr 2012, 07:40 by Kevin McCartan   [ updated 18 Apr 2012, 08:00 ]
Michael Gilsenan was the winner of the AOP Dispensing Optician of the Year 2011. 

Based in Warrenpoint at Lee Opticians, dispensing optician Michael Gilsenan has done an enormous amount across the province in promoting eye health, especially with regard to children's screening. 

In his practice, Lee Opticians, he has set up a centre to fill the gaps he believes are present in the way children are assessed. "I don't think they are going through the right tests," he told Optometry Today. "There are a lot of issues which just aren't being picked up. I'm passionate about children's vision, it's something very rewarding and more importantly, it's a problem we can do something about."

After gaining a diploma in school vision, Mr Gilsenan became even more determined to make a difference in an area he was already very interested in. The screening he performs in his practice also attracted the attention of local media and was featured on Irish news giant RTE and later on BBC Northern Ireland.

To spread his message about in creasing the level of care to young people who may be struggling at school, Mr Gilsenan has spoken at several conferences on the subject to fellow dispensing opticians and optometrists.

Mr Gilsenan's work has increased the reputation of the profession among the wider public and within the industry he has also enhanced the standing of dispensing opticians, showing that a specialism can be a very rewarding pursuit away from the everyday job of dispensing. 

The dispensing optician is extremely passionate about young people and few in the profession have done as much as he to increase awareness of the issues of child screening and visual stress related to dyslexia and dyspraxia. To his peers he is an inspiration and in his area a spokesperson on a very important issue.

Article taken from Optometry Today, November 11 2011 vol 51:22
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