Have you ever come away from an appointment feeling like this?
“Oh my gosh, I’ve never had it explained to me in that way!”
Or when you feel instantly connected to someone?
We’re excited to introduce you to our new Optometrist, Sinead Denny.
She sat down to talk with Adrian Rossiter about her passion for helping people just like you.
What do you love about Fremantle?
Fremantle (or Freo) is always buzzing with the sounds of street buskers, smell of coffee and the sights of the beautiful foreshore.
Down some old alleyway, you’ll always find a small hipster café, small microbrewery or eclectic bookshop that needs exploring!
For someone who’s a foodie and a bookworm, this is my happy place!
Tell us about two people who inspire you.
Dr Fred Hollows- A fellow Kiwi (like myself) and an unstoppable Ophthalmologist who always pushed the boundaries to end avoidable blindness.
His legacy lives on in the Fred Hollows Foundation, which help to restore sight, push for change and empower communities.
Michelle Obama- United States’ former first lady. She is an inspiring and powerful advocate for women.
Her storytelling abilities create truth, vulnerability and hope, which create change for individuals and communities.
How have these people changed the way that you do eye tests today?
When I’m testing in rural or remote communities, the biggest change I can make is to educate patients about how their health will affect their eyes.
The connection between health and eyes is powerful and can empower communities to make change.
You’ve done some pretty incredible physical challenges of late. Tell us about them.
Originally coming from New Zealand, the land of the long white cloud, and Sir Edmund Hillary, sparked my interest in high altitude hiking.
I recently hiked to Base Camp Everest in Nepal and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
I love the intense physical challenge and to pushing my body to its limit,
Would you say that these were a mental challenge as much as a physical challenge?
Most definitely! I like to challenge myself both mentally and physically, and push myself to my limits!
Developing a mental fitness is as important to me as physical fitness both in my personal and professional life.
Climbing those mountains taught me resilience and to be present in the moment.
There is nothing like reaching the peak of a 6000m mountain
… lacking oxygen, physically beaten, but feeling that sense of accomplishment!
You worked at Lions Eye Institute for several years. What was it like to make a difference for patients?
My role at Lions Outback Vision as Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Coordinator was one that took my Optometry career on a rewarding and challenging path less travelled.
There is still much to be done in order to help close the gap to vision, which I feel has its complexities socially, economically and culturally.
I feel Optometrists play an even more important role to bridge the gap on the frontline, working within remote and regional communities.
It is an incredibly rewarding experience, and certainly changed the way I practice Optometry in a positive way.
One of my patients said to me: “O my gosh, I’ve never had it explained to me that way”
You would agree that you like to take the time to get to know people, right?
“There’s something about being able to educate people and really build a close relationship”
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
If you can’t see or have sore eyes, I’m here to spend the time with you.
I am passionate about optometry and educating patients about their eyes.
In particular, I enjoy helping people with dry eyes, myopia control (i.e. preventing shortsightedness getting worse) and contact lens fitting.
What’s the best way for people to book an eye test with you?
Book online now or call my colleague on 9335 3433 and ask to book an appointment with me!
Thanks very much for talking to us, Sinead. It’s great to see your passion for explaining things and building relationships.
Are you due for an eye test? View Sinead’s available appointments online