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Matheson Optometrists Overall Winner in Keeler National Retinal Photograhy Competition!

Andrew Matheson, local optometrist, wins National Retinal Photography Competition
(reported by The Optician Magazine, Febuary 2006)

Andrew Matheson, director of Matheson Optometrists, with practices in Alresford, Four Marks and Alton, was recently awarded overall first prize in the Annual Keeler Retinal Photography competition. There were over 200 entries. Andrew's prize is a Canon PowerShot Pro 1 8 megapixel compact digital camera.

"There were a record number of entrants this year, so judging who was the best wasn't easy," said Colin West, Keeler's product manager. "While there were several contenders for the overall prize, Andrew was considered the best for the overall scope and quality of his submission."

Commenting on the prize, Andrew said, "I'm obviously delighted to have been chosen as the winner. I'm a very keen photographer so this prize is ideal. I also feel the competition is important because it highlights the benefits of fundus imaging and what a valuable tool it can be in improving the standard of care we offer our patients. Not only does it allow practitioners to document and monitor a condition's progress, it also helps when explaining the condition to a patient when they can actually see it. Sometimes it really is a case of a picture telling a thousand words."

Andrew Matheson was the first optometrist in the UK to be awarded the coveted British College specialist diploma in Ocular Therapeutics, and also holds the college specialist diploma in Glaucoma and Diabetes. The practice works closely with local hospitals, helping co-manage glaucoma and diabetic patients for the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham and providing specialist services to local ophthalmologists. Mr Matheson is one of only a handful of optometrists to have BUPA registration.

The practice also specialises in treating dry eye conditions, a problem becoming more prevalent as the population ages and with computer use. Treatments include the unique Theratears dry eye treatment products and punctual implants. More details can be found on the practice website, www.matheson-optometrists.com.
Some examples of his photography can be seen on our Atlas of Ocular Conditions web page