About us

What is the European Academy?

The Academy is a membership organisation that provides a much needed voice to help advance optometry and optics, develop the scientific knowledge base and support and promote lifelong learning for optometrists, opticians, vision scientists and all those involved in eye health care across Europe.

Strategic aims

The Academy’s strategic aims are to:

  • develop scientific knowledge of optometry and optics
  • advance and promote education into optometry and optics and related subjects
  • advance and promote research into optometry and optics and related subjects
  • promote for the public benefit the science and practice of optometry and optics
  • promote for the public benefit the professional competence and conduct of Academy members.

History of the Academy

The Academy was launched in Lausanne, Switzerland in May 2009, at the Spring Meeting of the European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO).  The Academy’ secretariat is hosted by the College of Optometrists, London, United Kingdom.

Why is the European Academy needed?

Since its launch in 2009, the European Academy has built a network of eye care professionals across Europe. Together, we are working to harmonise standards and practices in optometry and optics.

For the past five years the Academy has provided a forum where experts and practitioners can come together to meet, share their successes and challenges, and learn from each other’s experience.

The practice of eye care in Europe is changing and these changes are happening at a different pace in different countries. As a profession, we must work together to ensure we address issues such as an ageing population, a growing need for healthcare, technological advancements and consumer demands.

We are helping optometry and optics professionals across Europe to work in collaboration, not isolation, to meet these challenges.

Become a member and be part of the change: help shape optometry and optics in Europe.

Board of Trustees

Eduardo Teixeira
President

Nicholas Rumney
Vice President

Dr. Mireia Pacheco-Cutillas
Immediate Past President

Dr. Rob Hogan
Trustee/ Appointed by the College of Optometrists

Dr. Julie-Anne Little
Trustee/ Appointed by ECOO Nominee

Liliana Stankova
Trustee/ Individual practitioner

Dr. Ellen Svarverud
Trustee/ Educational institution representative

Kristina Kristina Mihić
Trustee /Individual Educator

Inaugural Trustees May 2009

from left to right - Eduardo Teixeira, Gerhard Gschweidl, Christian Stebler, Jean-Paul Roosen, Bryony Pawinska (Company Secretary), Feike Grit (President), Roger Crelier (Vice-President), Rob Hogan, Paul Murphy.