Ken Long, Bairnsdale optometrist and co-founder of Dyson & Long, is retiring after nearly 40 years in eye care.
After graduating from the University of New South Wales in 1980, Ken took up a position in Murray Bridge, South Australia, where he went on to take over the practice from its existing owner.
As well as practicing optometry, Ken was an accomplished tennis player, volleyballer and golfer in the district.
After a long career in Murray Bridge, Ken decided to relocate his family to Bairnsdale in 1995, in the hope of slowing down and playing more golf.
This, however, didn’t last long. He soon found himself co-founding Dyson & Long optometrists, of which he has remained a director up until late 2018.
During that time he became an early graduate of the University of Melbourne’s new Ocular Therapeutics course, which expanded optometry to include prescribing ocular medicines.
Ken also held a special interest in complex contact lens fitting, as well as many of the more demanding chronic eye problems, for which he developed a very loyal patient base.
By the end of 2018 Ken was actively involved in both Dyson & Long in Bairnsdale and Mallacoota, as well as East Gippsland Optical in Lakes Entrance.
He hung up his ophthalmoscope last week, allowing more time for family and golf.
Ken’s wife, Vicki, with whom he recently celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary, continues to run Bairnsdale Wholefoods, along with their daughter, Kirsty.
Ken’s work colleagues, and his many devoted patients, will be sad to see him go, but wish him well in his much deserved retirement. Whether his golf handicap improves remains to be seen.
PICTURED: Ken Long, optometrist and co-founder of Dyson & Long, is retiring after 40 years in eye care.