Meet the Team
Our Clinical Team
Airedale Opticians is a family-owned practice, run by husband and wife optometrists, Mohammed and Sarah. With over ten years of experience each, they are able to offer knowledgeable advice and recommendations to all patients. From July 2018 we have also been joined by a pre-registration optometrist, Aaisha, who will be carrying out eye tests and contact lens checks under the supervision of Mohammed or Sarah during her pre-qualification year.
With our fixed practice team, we do not use locum or agency staff, so you can be sure of consistent quality of care and if you would like to see a particular optometrist for an appointment, please just ask when booking.
Principal Optometrist and practice owner Mohammed Hafejee qualified as a Dispensing Optician in Bradford in 1997. He went on to study Contact Lenses at City & Islington in London in 1999 and continued his study in Optometry at Anglia University in Cambridge, qualifying as an Optometrist in 2002. Mohammed worked in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire before relocating to Yorkshire in 2005.
In his spare time Mohammed enjoys spending time with his children as well as playing and watching football.
Mohammed’s areas of speciality include:
- Glaucoma diagnosis and monitoring
- Wet and Dry Macula Degeneration (ARMD) diagnosis, counselling and management
- Dry eye and its management
- Low vision and its management with Modern Visual Aids (Magnifires and Digital Technology)
- All types of contact lens fitting
- High prescription management with spectacles and contact lenses
- Tailor Made High Definition Spectacle Lenses
- Eye nutrition and eye health
- Paediatric Eyecare (Childrens eyecare) Including Amblyopia Management (Lazy Eye)
Consultant Optometrist Sarah Jackson qualified as an Optometrist in 2002 from Anglia University in Cambridge. Sarah worked in the Norfolk and Cambridgeshire area, working in a number of Glaucoma, Cataract referral and Diabetic monitoring schemes in conjunction with the local hospitals.
In her spare time Sarah enjoys walking, gardening reading biographies and gourmet cooking!
Sarah’s areas of speciality include:
- Cataract diagnosis and management
- Wet & Dry ARMD diagnosis and management
- Contact lens fitting
- Dry Eye Management
- Diabetic Eye Screening
- Eye Nutrition and Eye Health
- Blepharitis Management
Dispensing Optician Timothy Young joined Airedale Opticians in 2013 and in 2018 qualified as FBDO after a three year distance learning course of Dispensing Optics at Canterbury University. A Dispensing Optician is able to carry out additional roles and functions, including the dispensing or supervision of dispensing of children and people with visual impairment, as well as offering specialist services and advice to patients.
In addition, Timothy is responsible for administering the Airedale Opticians contact lens scheme, working with contact and spectacle lens suppliers to introduce new technologies and designs into our core ranges and running the company social media and website.
In his spare time Timothy enjoys travelling (ideally by train) to far flung places, climbing mountains or rock faces or attending motor racing events. At home Timothy spends time with his wife playing board games and watching films.
Student Optometrist Aaisha Khizar joined the Airedale Opticians team in 2015 and has been working with us as an Optical Assistant during her three-year training at The University of Bradford, gaining experience with work in an optical practice and familiarity with the high level of service and care offered by Airedale Opticians.
From July 2018 Aaisha has been performing eye tests at our Keighley practice as a Pre-Registration Trainee – during this qualifying year she will carry out full eye examinations under the supervision of Mohammed or Sarah. She will be tested for her qualification with assessment visits from the College of Optometry, before a final exam at the end of the academic year.
In her spare time, Aaisha enjoys socialising, dining and spending time with her family.
Your Optical Advisors
Mohammed and Sarah are assisted by our team of Optical Advisors. You will see them in a wide range of tasks including checking through paperwork and carrying out the machine tests before your eye examination, then helping you to choose your glasses and recommending lenses afterwards. Our Optical Advisors are trained in all of their duties so you can be sure that you are always getting the best possible service. Our team ethos and regular working patterns means that you can ask to see the same person each time, allowing us to provide a real consistency of care.
Angie is the Team Manager and senior optical advisor with over thirteen years of experience at the practice, she has been in charge of training all of the current Optical Advisors. Angie enjoys helping patients choose their glasses and is always happy to give honest advice on whether or not frames suit. She has worked in the optical lab, cutting and fitting lenses, giving her a detailed knowledge of lens designs and she can advise on which lenses will work best in particular frames.
In her spare time Angela enjoys reading thriller novels and watching films.
Gill is the Team Leader at our Crosshills practice and particularly enjoys helping children to find the right frames to suit their needs. Her favourite frame ranges are the Etnia range with their bright Spanish design along with Flexon and Titanflex with their tough, flexible technology. Gill likes to discuss the different lens options available and which would be most appropriate to each patient depending on their needs, prescription and frame choice.
When she’s not working, Gill likes walking, spending time with her children and a variety of crafts incuding jewellery making.
Sarah is the practice Design Expert, taking a keen interest in the current fashion and trends within the Optics Industry and enjoys advising patients on which frames suit them best. She curates the window displays at both practices.
In her spare time Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, as well as reading, going to the gym and walking, dining out and socialising with friends.