Located in Gunnedah, NSW. Tim Duffy Optometrist Vision Splendid started out in 1985 with Tim Duffy as an independent owner and operator in the Gunnedah area. He has been providing quality eyecare in the Gunnedah and surrounding areas for over 30 years. We are a local, independent eyecare professional and our mission is to offer quality eyecare and services to all of our patients.
Tim graduated from UNSW in 1983
He commenced practising in Coonabarabran in 1984 and in 1985 opened the current practise in Gunnedah and has been servicing the district for 31 subsequent years. The Gunnedah practise has grown from one optometrist and one secretarial staff to its current 3 Optometrists, Lauren Jalkh, Alison Stuart and himself, 6 optical dispensers and 3 ancillary staff.
In 2015, Tim purchased Richard Orr’s practise in Narrabri, another independent optometrist who has served his community for over 30 years. In this practice Tim now has 2 Optometrists practicing, Sebastian Egan and Debbie Baxter as well as 2 qualified optical dispensers and 3 office staff to continue and improve eye care for the Narrabri district.
Tim was the first optometrist in the North West to complete his Ocular Therapeutics, and now co-manages and treats a vast array of eye disease and injuries in conjunction with local and metropolitan ophthalmologists.
Tim maintains his enthusiasm for optometry by staying abreast of the incredible technological improvements, from the latest computerized imaging and scanning instrumentation, to the revolution of contact lens designs and materials, the increased sophistication of spectacle lens technology and the beauty and fashion of spectacle frames. The practise mantra is “total eyecare, quality eyewear”. He also enjoys passing on knowledge to University students.
When not working, Tim spends his time chasing his 4 children with wife Katrina. He has just finished 15 years of coaching junior rugby and continues to keep fit with his involvement with cycling and triathlon.
Alison has been with Vision Splendid since 2010, having previously worked in optometry practices in Dubbo and Sydney as well as working as a locum in various locations. But it is back in her home town of Gunnedah where she has settled with husband, Alex. Now working part-time, she is trying to achieve that balance between her professional and home life that eludes most parents with small children! Alison has played hockey with a Tamworth team on and off for the past few years and hopes to take the field again in 2017. The purchase of a bicycle is also on the wish-list, followed closely by some free time in which to ride it!
Alison loves being a country optometrist and finds great satisfaction in the variety of the job. She has a special interest in ocular pathology and enjoys good relationships with both ophthalmology practices in Tamworth. Obtaining her graduate certificate in ocular therapeutics in 2012, Alison is able to prescribe drugs for many eye conditions which has helped enormously her ability to provide quality primary eyecare to the Gunnedah community.
Lauren studied Optometry at the University of New South Wales graduating with honors in 2014. During her studies, she completed her preceptorship at the Australian College of Optometry and private practice at Vision Splendid (Tim Duffy Optometrist) in Gunnedah.
Lauren has a keen interest in children’s vision and also eye disease management.
She performs perception testing and comprehensive children’s eye examinations. She also implements behavioural optometry programs in line with ACBO recommendations (Australian College of Behavioural Optometry).
Lauren has a therapeutics qualification and as such is able to prescribe medications to treat anterior eye diseases and inflammations. She works together with ophthalmologists to co-manage glaucoma.
Lauren is passionate about rural eye care. In 2015 she volunteered as a member of VOSH and travelled to Romania to provide eye care to remote villages. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys horse riding.