Anthony Hannan


Dip App Sci ( Optometry), Grad.Cert. Ocular Therapeutics

Throughout my business and sporting careers I have developed and live by the motto "The only limitation in life is the one you set in your mind"

Having graduated in Optometry from the Queensland Institute of Technology in 1976, I moved to Cairns in North Queensland and started work for a local well established Optometrist. In 1984 I decided to open my own business and added a second practice in 1986.


Continuing education was always part of my early business plans before it ever became a prerequisite for Optometric registration. I embraced Behavioural Optometry, specialising in children with learning/reading disability.

I also developed a speciality in difficult contact lens fittings including paediatric aphakia (babies who have had their cataracts removed and require a rigid lens fitting),post corneal graft, keratoconus and Orthokeratology.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority recognised me as a Certified Optometrist and I contribute to pilot Aviation medicals by conducting their eye exams. Likewise the Australian Maritime Safety Authority refers potential skippers and coxswains for specialised colour vision testing and assessment.


As a Colourblind Sight Centre practitioner, I assess colourblind patients and prescribe the appropriate colour correcting filter.

In 2008, I completed the Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics and have since developed an extensive referral network with local GPs and pharmacists for the treatment of eye disease.

Throughout my business career, I have subscribed to the adage of "Healthy Body, Healthy Mind" and pursued the sports of Triathlon and Surf Lifesaving. In Surf Lifesaving, my highest achievement was in 2007 when I was crowned champion North Australian Lifesaver at the North Aussie titles.

Formal Qualifications:

  • HydroOptix diving masts.

  • 2008 Opened 1st practice in 1984 & 2nd in 1986.

  • First registered and OA member in 1976.

  • Member of Australian College of Behavioural Optometrists

  • Member of Orthokeratology Association of Oceania

  • Member of Contact Lens Society of Australia

  • CASA Certified Optometrist

  • Certified iRo Colourblind Lens Specialist

  • Therapeutically Endorsed 2008

  • Diving Eyecare

  • DISC Certified Master of Advanced Behavioural Consultant​

Other Achievements:

  • 2003 Owner / Manager of the Year in Australian Institute of Management Awards

  • 2005 Cairns Surf Lifesaving Most Outstanding Club Person

  • 2007 North Australian Champion Lifesaver

  • 2009/2010 Nth Queensland Branch Age Champion

  • 2014 Great Barrier Reef Ocean Challenge Age Winner

  • 2015 Great Barrier Reef Ocean Challenge Age Winner

  • 2016/2017 Nth Australian Surf Lifesaving Age Champion

  • 2019/2020 Nth Australian Surf Lifesaving Age Champion