Andrew Bowden

Since graduating from QUT with Honours in 1995, Andrew has worked in private practice on the Gold Coast and New Farm in Brisbane. He became a partner in Visions in January 2003. After becoming Managing Partner in 2006, Andrew was responsible for the oversight of the ten Visions practices including business operations and staff management. In addition to this he also managed to see patients 3-4 days a week! In 2010, due to changes in the industry and different ideas on how to move forwards, the partners disbanded the Visions group and Andrew decided to form his own independent eyecare brand Envision Optical, that could offer Gold Coast residents a unique individualized experience. A local brand, with local relationships, and genuinely part of the local community. With his wife Honor, an artist, they conceived an eyecare brand that would truly aim to create individual solutions for each unique client/patient that walked in the door. Andrew’s professional interests are providing quality primary eyecare to his patients, with special interests in ocular disease diagnosis and management, specialty contact lens practice, children’s vision problems, and the role of nutrition and diet in health and particularly eye health and good vision. Andrew has completed specialised training in multifocal contact lenses and specialty custom contact lenses including correcting keratoconus and Ortho-K vision correction therapy; training in assessment and management of children’s vision developmental problems; specialised accreditation training as a Credentialed Optometrist for CASA Aviation Vision Certification, and completed studies in the area of ocular health and nutrition. He subscribes to specialised newsletters in the areas of glaucoma, macular degeneration, diseases of the retina, speciality contact lenses, neuro-developmental assessment of children’s vision and ocular nutrition. Andrew completed the SUNY Ocular Therapeutics course in 1997, a post-graduate qualification in business management in 2002, and several short courses through the Australian Institute of Management. In 2009 Andrew completed the Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics at QUT and became certified to prescribe ocular medications. He served as a clinical supervisor at QUT from 1998-2000. Andrew also acts as a consultant to the optical industry, having participated in the clinical trials of multiple new products before launch to market. In 2011, Andrew became a member of the Ocular Nutrition Socie