Jane graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Ophthalmic Optics (Hons) from Glasgow Caledonian University and in1988 a Diploma in Optometry. Jane has 20 years experience in private practice optometry both in the UK and in Australia. In 2011 Jane joined The Eye Health Centre and now plays an important role in pre and post surgical triage of patients. Jane has a special interest in Dry Eye and Refractive Surgery.
In 2014 Jane underwent bilateral refractive lens exchange with multifocal intra-ocular lenses performed by Dr Apel. She is now spectacle free and plays an integral part of our clinic as she can discuss with patients in detail her experience of the procedure and answer patient questions with more than just clinical expertise!
Jennifer is an optometrist with an interest in ocular pathology. In 2009 Jennifer updated her optometrical qualifications to obtain her Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutic Drugs. At this time Jennifer commenced working for Dr Apel. In 2012 Jennifer was the recipient of the Queensland Optometrical Association’s Clinical Optometry Award. In addition to her varied work with Dr Apel, Jennifer works in private and corporate optometry. Jennifer is also a clinical supervisor at the Queensland University of Technology Optometry Clinic.
Phuc graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Optometry) and completed in 2014 his Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics. Phuc has 10 years optometry experience working in and also managing different optometry practices around Australia. His interests include providing pre- and post-surgical triage for Dr Apel and he also operates a Dry Eye, Diabetic and Glaucoma clinic in our Booval rooms.
Phuc is also a CASA Credentialed Optometrist, and can perform CASA Aviation Eye Examinations for Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers.
Phuc can also provide translation in Vietnamese for non- English speaking patients.
Jess received her Bachelor of Applied Science (Optometry) with honours in 2007 from Queensland University of Technology. While working in retail optometry she continued study and completed her Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics in 2010. With her board certification in ocular pharmaceutical agents and minor procedures for the optometrist, Jess’ training and experience allow her to diagnose, treat and co-manage all anterior eye conditions with Dr Apel. She works closely with other medical disciplines to help her patients get the care they need. She also operates a clinic specialising in monitoring and management of Keratoconus at both the Brisbane and Booval practice.
Jason graduated from Queensland University of Technology’s School of Optometry in 1994 with honours and is therapeutically qualified. He spent the first 6 years of his career as a locum optometrist for the Optical Superstore in practices throughout Australia. In 2000, he began part-time work with Dr Andrew Apel and Jason now plays an integral role in the patient’s pre- and post- operative management. He also operates a clinic specialising in Dry Eye treatment and Glaucoma co-management.
Jason serves on the Optometry Board of Australia’s Queensland and Northern Territory Division as both a Director and Treasurer. In 2002, Jason’s role at The Optical Superstore advanced to the point where he now manages the optometrists for the Optical Superstore nationally.
Jason is an active member of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia and a Credentialed Optometrist for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia. In 2011, Jason was invited to be on Deakin University’s Advisory Board when they were developing the optometry program and he frequently lectures around the world.
Dr Andrew Apel has been serving the community as an ophthalmologist since 1994.
Dr Apel completed his ophthalmology training in Brisbane at the University of Queensland, then undertook a post-graduate two year Corneal and External Diseases Fellowship at the University of Toronto, Canada from 1992-1994. He has over 20 years’ experience in treating medical and surgical conditions of the anterior segment of the eye.
An accredited Consultant within the National Health Service, Dr Apel has held a position of Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Princess Alexandra Hospital since 1997. Within the NHS, he has a high volume cataract surgery practice and has performed over 7,500 cataract procedures. He has an interest in corneal surgery and is recognised as a national expert in this field. He is also heavily involved in training junior doctors in surgery.
In addition to his NHS work, Dr Apel manages two successful independent private practices one in Brisbane and one in Booval. He first carried out laser vision correction in 1994 and has been constantly updating his training to keep abreast with the latest in refractive technology. Already experienced in LASIK in 2006 he was further accredited by STAAR to perform Implantable Contact Lens surgery and this technology now forms an integral part of the refractive service offered in his practice.
As laser vision correction cannot be used to treat presbyopia, Dr Apel has considerable expertise in refractive lens exchange. He has been invited to lecture alongside the world leaders in refractive lens exchange at international meetings and is now involved in training courses for other surgeons.
Other roles for Dr Apel include being a member of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), Chairman of the RANZCO Queensland branch of the Qualification and Education Committee responsible for the supervision of trainee ophthalmologists and a Director of Queensland Laser Vision.
Dr Apel has lectured and presented papers nationally and internationally on cataract, refractive, pterygium and corneal surgery and has published papers in peer review journals.
Dr Apel is also a Designated Aviation Ophthalmologist (DAO) for CASA. He examines the ocular health of pilots,air traffic controllers and Defence Force personnel.