At Hathershaw Opticians we have genuine care for your ocular health; our Specialist Optometrists & Ophthalmologists are very highly skilled in disease investigation and management.

Mr Daniel Crown
BSc (Hons), MCOptom, Prof. Cert. Medical Retina, Prof. Cert. Glaucoma, Dip Tp (IP)
Consultant Optometrist

Daniel is the founder of Hathershaw Opticians and has built his practice based on trust and honesty. His attention to detail, patience and communication skills are paramount in his success. From the first day of opening to the present he has always stressed that his patients should get as much time as they need to discuss their eye health concerns.

Daniel is an experienced registered Consultant Optometrist with interests in engineering and development. He achieved a first class degree with Honours at Aston University and has since then continued his studies in the areas of Medical retina and Glaucoma. His key areas of interest in Ophthalmology are Medical Retina, specialist Contact Lens fitting, Glaucoma, Paediatric Optometry and Low vision. Daniel has been part of numerous ophthalmic developments throughout the years. He brings with him almost over 20 years of experience in the field of Optics. His experience and wealth of knowledge come from both clinical and technical aspects in the profession. His past experience includes working for the prestigious Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and the Lancashire Teaching Trust. Daniel has always had a keen interest in engineering and innovation, which plays a paramount position in the Oxsight family where he worked to research and develop innovation for the visually impaired. His famous words “There is always a way...” are reflected by his successes and accomplishments in his career. Daniel has been the lead clinical advisor to the medical instruments industry and has played an important part in the development of technology, which practitioners across the world use today.

Daniel also teaches Medical and Optometry students to support them through their learning. Daniel works closely with the QTVI team (Qualified Teacher of Children and Young People with Vision Impairment) to help improve awareness of the importance of regular eye examinations in children. He was also part of the SeeAbility® project providing eyecare for children with learning disabilities, diagnosed with conditions such as Autism, Global developmental delay and Downs Syndrome.

Mr Joseph Ong
MOptom (Hons), MCOptom
Specialist Optometrist

Joseph completed his Optometry training at The Manchester Royal Eye Hospital; and currently holds a Master of Optometry (MOptom) degree with first class honours from the University of Manchester.

He has acquired valuable clinical experience in both the hospital and specialist independent practice settings alike.

He specialises in contact lens research at the University of Manchester; and has a keen interest in Myopia control and specialist contact lens fitting.

Joseph has been involved in various charitable vision screening outreach programmes, in different parts of Asia and intends to continue applying his skills to benefit the wider community.

Originally from Singapore, Joseph has been living in the UK since 2013. Outside of work, he enjoys playing touch rugby and serving the local community by reaching out to the homeless as a volunteer for the !Audacious Foundation.

Dr Subash Sukumar
BS (Optom), MPhil (Glaucoma), PhD (Visual Psychophysics), Diploma in Glaucoma
Consultant Optometrist

Subash is a qualified registered Optometrist, who also works at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. He has over 20 years of experience in providing Optometry care for patients from a wide range of age groups and varied ocular conditions. After a MPhil in Glaucoma research he completed a PhD; that focused on understanding visual perception of the human eye.

Following his PhD he did further research in to understanding the visual changes in Glaucoma. Subash has also worked at Birmingham Midlands Eye Hospital, Royal Bolton Hospital Eye Service and Bury Primary care centre Hospital Eye Service. Subash has obtained a variety of clinical skills through his work in the eye hospitals and high street clinical practices over the years. His special interests are in glaucoma, contact lens and paediatric optometry.

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Subash also contributes to research and teaching regularly. He is principal investigator on a research grant from the College of Optometrists (iPRO innovation in Practice-based Research for Optometrist) and International Glaucoma Association (IGA, a charity for people with Glaucoma). The aim is to understand the socio-economic impact on visual impairment in Glaucoma. He has been involved in teaching Optometry students at the University of Manchester and Anglia Ruskin University. He also presents his research at national and international conferences and publishes his work in peer-reviewed journals.

Mr Susmito Biswas
Consultant Ophthalmologist

Mr Biswas is a popular Ophthalmologist, with specialist skills and expertise in children’s eye conditions. He has over 25 years’ experience in ophthalmology and for the last 18 years he has specialized in children’s eye problems. He has developed considerable expertise in the following areas:

  • Cataract surgery (adults & children)
  • Strabismus (squint) in children & young people
  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Allergic eye problems
  • Chalazia (eyelid lumps) in children & young people
  • Inherited eye diseases
  • Paediatric Corneal and External Disease
  • Paediatric Corneal Transplantation
  • Developmental abnormalities of the front of the eye
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity
  • Congenital and Developmental Glaucoma

After studying at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, he completed his higher surgical training at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in 2002 and has been a Consultant there ever since. In 2014 - 2019 he was Clinical Head of Division. He is now clinical lead for Paediatric Ophthalmology & the Chair of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ Paediatric Sub-Committee and the Chair of the North West of England Ophthalmological Society. He has an impressive academic reputation, with over 50 publications in peer reviewed journals & chapters in textbooks. Despite extensive NHS commitments he has a busy and expanding private practice. His combination of skills, experience and friendly manner has led to his opinion being much sought after for both children’s and adults’ eye problems, not just in the North West of England, but throughout the UK and abroad.