News

Tasmania captures heart of optometrist

SAYING GOODBYE: Anthony Hogan has spent the last 33 years caring for the eyes of Casino and District.
SAYING GOODBYE: Anthony Hogan has spent the last 33 years caring for the eyes of Casino and District. Doug Eaton

CASINO optometrist Anthony Hogan treated people's eyes in Casino for so long, it wasn't unusual to have three generations of the same family on his books at the same time.

"It's probably four generations in some cases," Mr Hogan chuckled.

The well-respected eye doctor on Friday retired his 35-year-old Casino practice on the corner of Barker and Centre streets to embark on a new life chapter.

Mr Hogan and his wife Lorraine will join their son and daughter in Launceston, Tasmania, where he will take a break from the demands of running a full-time practice to treat patients part-time.

Mr Hogan said eye care had changed dramatically since he started his career in Casino in 1979.

"What has really changed optometry in the last 10 years has been the digital technology," he said.

"Computerised digital imaging has probably had the single biggest impact on the way we manage our patients."

As a result the treatment of macular degeneration has seen huge advances, with equipment to detect it earlier and save more people's vision than ever before.

Advances in lens and contact lens technology have also given people many more options to correct their vision problems, along with massive advances in laser surgery, and particularly cataract surgery.

"It was major surgery 30 years ago... people had their heads sandbagged and couldn't move for two weeks... and then didn't see very well afterwards."

"Whereas now they end up with young eyes again after getting cataracts removed."

Reflecting on his time in Casino where most of his life was spent so far, Mr Hogan said it had been a pleasure to work in such a loyal and supportive community.

"I've loved every minute of it," he said.

"The patients have been wonderful, I have many patients who are friends, who have expressed their best wishes to me. I'm humbled by the letters I've received; the phone calls.

"The highlight for me is having such a full and satisfying professional life in such a loyal and friendly community, and I can't ask for anything more."



More Northern River schools needed to be counted in

John Foreman and Jay Laga'aia at a songwriting workshop earlier this year.

Music - Count Us In will be held in November

Woman in hospital after car rollover on Pacific Highway

A car rollover is affecting traffic on the Pacific Highway.

A woman involved in highway rollover has been taken to hospital

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Local Partners

From purr to a roar, Meow Meow is not kitten

ANYTHING IS PAWSIBLE: Acclaimed cabaret star Meow Meow returns to Lismore.

Anything can happen during her local shows this week

Break strings, ho hearts

Ukulele player A. J. Leonard and cellist Jenny Rowling.

Master ukulelist visits this week

More Northern River schools needed to be counted in

John Foreman and Jay Laga'aia at a songwriting workshop earlier this year.

Music - Count Us In will be held in November

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

Buyers forking out millions

Owners benefiting from undersupplied Northern Rivers market

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

New $33 million development planned for Ballina Shire

The site of a proposed seniors living development at Skennars Head.

Plans include 211 homes, clubhouse and recreational facilities

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction