Fellowships are awarded to Academy members - following a robust application and interview process - in recognition of their contribution to optometry and optics at a local, national and/or international level.
The Fellows are now invited to use the letters FEAOO after their name.
Fellowship Program is closed for 2018. Dates for the 2019 Fellowship Program will be announced in the autumn of 2018. Candidates for 2019 must become a member of the Academy before applying.
Director / senior manager / committee member with excellent general management ability and considerable leadership experience in General Optical Council (UK). Member of the GOC's Statutory Registration Committee which advises Council on matters concerning the registration of some 27,000 dispensing opticians, optometrists, optical students and optician business. Immediate Past President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians. Management consultancy specialising in Optical, Retail and Business Improvement Training and Advice. General Optical Council accredited provider of Continuing Education & Training (CET). Responsible for standards of ophthalmic dispensing, operating procedures, errors and guarantees. Support patient safety group, customer services, commercial and learning and development teams. Dispensing Standards Manager at Boots Opticians and former Retail Development Director at Conlons.
Director, M.Optom Program, Hadassah Academic College, University of Houston (Israel). Vision researcher with experience in psychophysics of depth perception, perceptual learning, eye movements, and clinical optometric research (contact lenses, validation studies). Lecturer ( General Physiology, Frontiers in Vision Science, Advanced Topics in Sensory Motor Interaction, Research Methods and Ethics, Optics, Binocular Vision, The Optometric Examination). Specialties: Israel Board Certified Optometrist, Clinics supervisor at Optometry School, Research advisor. 4 years professional experience in private and chain stores, 9 years research experience, MATLAB knowledge.
Bachelor of Health in Optometry in Hogeschool van Utrecht. MSc with Distinction, Clinical Optometry in City University of London. Member of Professional Affairs Committee in Dutch Optometric Association. Optometrists and Co-owner Optometrisch Centrum Oud Geleen. Geleen, Limburg Province, Netherlands. Specialist in Primary eye care, optometry, contact lens, optical dispensary, supervising clinical rotations for Bachelor of Health optometry students of the Hogeschool Utrecht and offering externships for optometry students of the Hogeschool Universiteit Brussel. Clinical researcher for Maastricht University, Erasmus Rotterdam, Center for Contact lens Research Waterloo, Hogeschool Utrecht and Optometristen Vereniging Nederland. Fellow at the American Academy of Optometry.
BCs in Optics and Optometry in Technological Educational Institute of Athens. MSc in Clinical Optometry in City University of London, FBCLA, FEAOO, FAAO. Director of Optometry at Athens Eye Hospital, Athens Eye Hospital City (Greece). Optometrist at Special Olympics.
MCOptom, Optometrist lecturer and Course Leader for Optometry and University Fellow in Anglia Ruskin University, elected lecturer of the year 2014 by the Association of Optometrists (UK), Michael G. Harris Family Award for Excellence in Optometric Education. Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
MSc in Ophtalmic Optics in Université de Montreal. Programme court-3e cycle in Public administration in Université du Québec – Ecole nationale d´Administration publique. Full professor- Université de Montréal. Senior Optometrist. Contact Lens and Clinical researcher. Speaker for professional and public audiences. Teaching in optometry - ocular diseases. Expert on ad board committees. Legal expertise in contact lenses Communication: radio and television on topics related to eye, vision, contact lenses, children vision development, etc. Specialties: Anterior segment of the eye (cornea, conjunctiva). Dry eye treatment. Contact lenses and related products. Professional regulatory boards. Inter-professional relationship. President of the Ordre des Optométristes du Québec.
BA in Chemistry with honours in Ohio Wesleyan University, OD Optometry with honours in Illinois College of Optometry, Management of Glaucoma, Ocular Disease and Ocular Emergencies in University of Missouri School of Optometry (USA). National Instutute of health, training for “Protecting Human Research Partiucipants” FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health, “Good Clinical Practices”. Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He has received the American Optometry Association Optometric Recognition Award for 15 consecutive years. Selected to be an “expert” for Ciba Visions´s “Ask the Expert” program. He has published articles in Optometry´s major journals and lectured to fellow Optometrists on contact lenses. He has participated in over 125 different contact lens and contact lens solution studies for most of the large manufacturers.
Bachelor in Optics and Optometry. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Master in Optometry and Vision Science. Universidad de Valencia, Master in Public Health. Universitat Pompeu Fabra, PhD in Optical Engineering. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain). Associate Professor of the Department of Optics and Optometry in Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain). Associate Professor in the Faculty of Optics and Optometry of Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain). His academic activity has been related with different subjects in Clinics in Optometry and Contact Lenses: Binocular Vision and Visual Therapy, Clinics in Optometry and Contact Lenses, Special techniques to assess Visual Function, Geriatric Optometry, Public Health and Epidemiology, Mechanisms in Vision Psychophysics. Researcher in Center of Development of Sensors, Instruments and Systems. (CD6), Co-Founder of E-Health Technical Solutions, Clinical staff of the University Vision Center (CUV) in UPC, Clinical Director in Davalor Research Center (DRC) in UPC (Spain).
President of the British Sri Lankan Association Eyecare Specialist in Optometry. BSc in Optometry in Aston University (UK). PHD in Multifocal Contact Lenses. Clinical & Commercial Director at the New Malden brach. Honorary Clinical Advisor to the Al-lhsan Trust and the Sri Lankan Eye Donation Society.
Ophtalmic Optic in NGPTO “M.LOMONOSOV”. Contact lens Specialist, Contact lens in Jena University of Applied Sciences (EAH Jena). Founder and Manager at EUROOPTIK Ltd. Independent Consultant in ALCON BULGARIA.. Sofia, Sofia City Province, Bulgaria. Trustee and founder of European Academy of Optometry and Optics. Founder and teacher of center for vocational training of Ophtalmic Opticians “CPO EUROOPTIC”.
Qualified Diploma Degree in Optics Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), Qualified Diploma Degree in Optics and Optometry in Universidad de Granada (Spain), Studies in Phisics in Universidad de Barcelona (Spain), Bachelors Degree in Salus University (USA), MSc in Science in Optometry in Salus University (USA), MSc in Clinical Optometry in Universidad Europea (Spain), PHD in Optics, Optometry and Vision with Honours in Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) with a reaserch work in Night Luminious distortion after Lasik refractive surgery. Specialist in ocular aberrations and contact lenses. Specialist in ORTO-K technics. Author of different publications in Contact lenses and ORTO-K. Director of the Department in Phisiology and Morphologic Sciences in Universidad Europea (Spain). Member of the Executive Committee of Spanish Council of Optometry (CNOO-Spain). Managing Editor of the Journal Of Optometry (Scientific Magazine of the Spanish Council of Optometry).
A Dispensing Optician, with Low Vision and Contact Lens special interests at BBR Optometry, a specialist independent practice in Hereford. Director at BBR Optometry since September 2005, Shareholder January 2008 Originally from New Zealand, 1970-1993. Schooling & University I am a third generation Optician, my father DO & partner of Black, Gates, Fielding & Meek Optometrists, Lower Hutt, NZ and grandfather founding Optometrist of the above. Specialties: Low Vision, Contact Lenses.
He is graduated in Optics from the Complutense University of Madrid, graduated in Optical Optometry from the University of Granada, University Degree in Optics and Optometry (New Bologna European Union Title) from the European University of Madrid, and, also, a University Specialist in pre and post surgery Optometry from the University of Valladolid. He is practicing Optometry, Contactology and primary eye care at the familiar office for more than 20 years. With the aim of continuing his formation and to acquire more knowledge in Optometry, he studied a Bachelor and a Master in Science at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (USA). From that time on he is involved in political activities in the Spanish Council of Optometry, which is the professional organization where all the Optical Optometrists belong by law. He was named to represent his colleagues in the European meetings of ECOO and later in the European Academy of Optometry where he is an active participant in several commissions such the Education Committee and the Board of Management of the European Diploma in Optics and Optometry. Also he taught Optometry for six years at the San Pablo CEU University in Madrid. In parallel to his professional dedication he started a political career in his home town being elected during six consecutive four-year terms as a Councilor in the City Government. He also got a degree in General Business Direction at the IESE Business School (University of Navarra) and a Marketing degree at the Business and Marketing School of Madrid (ESIC). He is also involved in the works of the National Health Care Commission of the Popular Party in Spain (Actually in Govern) and has been named evaluator of the National Commission on Accreditation of the Ministry of Health of Spain.
As a professional devoted to optics and optometry in the areas of clinical practice and teaching for more than 25 years, he is cooperating for many years in the development of our profession in Spain and Europe. He has also participated in several political decisions of the Spanish health authorities. He has broad university training and he cooperates in various optometry courses in Spain.
Phd in Optometry (Ophtalmic factors in dyslexia), Bsc in Optometry in City University of London. Professor at London South Bank University. Visiting Professor City University of London. Director of Research Institute of Optometry. Clinical Optometrist, Research Optometrist, Author and Lecturer specialized in Dyslexia and Vision, Orthoptics, Contact Lenses, Children´s Eye Care, Myopia Control, Computer Vision Syndrome (digital eyestrain).
Degree in Optometry and Optics Universidad Europea (Madrid-Spain). Master of Science (Low vision Rehabilitation) University of Manchester (UK). Lead for Students Experience in Optometry University of Manchester (UK). Lecturer University of Manchester (UK).
Dipl. Augenoptikerin/Augenoptikermeisterin, Optik/optische Wisseenschaften. Master in Science MS.c Clinical Optometry, Optometrie Salus University (USA). Elza Institute (Switzerland).
Doctor in Philosophy (Phd) Vision Science University of Ulster. Director of Master MSc in Clinical Vision Science and Senior Lecturer University of Ulster. Past president of European Council of Optometry and Optics and Trustee of European Academy of Optometry and Optics have been member of Education Committee of EAOO and other committees of different institutions in Europe as an active member dealing with legislative matters within European Administration.
President of the Spanish Council of Optometry, Dean of Spanish College of Optometry and Optics, President of the Foundation Salud Visual and President of the Spanish Scientific Society of Optometry. Diplomated in Optics Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), Optics and Optometry University of Granada (Spain), Degree in Optics and Optometry European University of Madrid (Spain), MSc. In Science Clinical Optometry in Pennsylvania College of Optometry (USA), Bachelor in Clinical Optometry Pennsylvania College of Optometry (USA), Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. President of the International Congress of Optometry, Optics and Contactology OPTOM Madrid (Spain). Member of the National Health Advisory Group of the Minister of Health in Spanish Government.
Bachelor of Science in Optometry (Honours) University of Wales (Cardiff UK), MSc in Science Clinical Optometry in City University of London, PhD Optometry in University of Wales (Cardiff UK). Dozentin in Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Professor Institut Für Optometrie, Hochschule für Technik, FHNW (Olten, Kanton Solothurn, Schweiz). Member of the Education Committee of European Academy of Optometry coordinating the scientific works of the different meetings of EAO.
Profesor Hadassah Academic College Department of Optometry (Jerusalem, Israel). Director of Undergraduate Program at Hadassah Academic College Specialist in Eye DiseasesVision, ScienceOptometry and Vision Science AstigmatismBiometry. City University of London (UK).
Degree in Applied Physics Optical Branch with specialty in Optometry, in 1995, and Master in Advanced Optometry, in 2015, at the University of Minho. Practices clinical optometry for 23 years. Researcher and author of different scientific publications. First Portuguese Optometrist to receive the distinction of Fellow of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics and distinguished with the honorary diploma of APLO of promoting the scientific development of the Optometry. One of the three founding member of APLO in 1998, of which was Board Vice President, President of the Commission of Follow-up of Professional Trainees, member of the Commission of Professional Assessment and Aptitude and current Board President. Counselor of the Advisory Council of the Health Regulatory Entity.
Diploma in Optometria in Istituto Superiore Di Scienze (Italy), Dr. in Psychology in Sapienza Università di Roma (Italy), PhD in Neuroscience in Sapienza Università di Roma (Italy). Professor Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Marie Curie Fellow in School of Health and Life Sciences at Aston University (Birmingham, UK), Visiting Research Fellow at Aston University (Birmingham, UK). Author of different publications in Cornea, Fixation disparity, Tonometry related with contact lenses, refractiver errors related with visual mental images, and visual discomfort while watching stereoscopic three dimensional movies at the cinema.
Chretien Framback started his career in 1986 as a primary schools teacher. After four years he decided to become an optician. In 2003 he graduated in optometry at the Hogeschool University of Utrecht. In 2011 he received his certificated of Optometry from City University, London. Since 2007 he has been fitting contact lenses on medical indication for Oculenti at the Rotterdam Eye Hospital. He is copy editor of the book: “Contactlenzen op medische indicatie” by Oculenti. He also wrote a childrens book for young anisometropic patients.
Dr Masmali graduated with a BSc in Optometry from King Saud University (KSU) in 2001, and PhD from Cardiff University in 2010. After graduating he gained the position of Assistant Professor in Optometry Department at KSU. In March 2011, he was Head of Optometry at KSU and was in this role for two years followed by the position of Vice Dean for Quality and Development in the College of Applied Medical Sciences at KSU. Dr Masmali was then promoted to Associate Professor in June 2015. He teaches and supervises masters and undergraduate research projects and he has published several papers in tear film and dry eye.
Amit graduated with a first-class Optometry degree from UMIST, followed by registration with the General Optical Council. He completed his PhD at The University of Manchester, investigating Optical Quality and Visual Performance in Patients with Keratoconus. Amit also completed Post-Doctoral Research at Aston University, working under Prof. James Wolffsohn. Amit received the College of Optometrists’ George Giles Prize for outstanding postgraduate research, and the Peter Abel Prize (awarded by the Association of German Contact Lens Specialists and Optometrists: VDC/o) for Excellence in Contact Lens Optics Research. Amit is currently a Lecturer in the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester.
Dr Ellen Svarverud is Assistant Professor at the Department of Optometry and Visual Sciences of Buskerud University College, Norway. Ellen received an MSc in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences from the University of Manchester UK in 1999. In 2003-2004 she undertook a postgraduate course in Teaching in Higher Education at Buskerud University. Ellen holds a MSc in Clinical Optometry (Salus Univeristy , Philadelphia/USA, 2005) and gained a PhD from the University of Reading UK in 2010. She is a member of the Norwegian Optometric Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She also holds membership of the Applied Vision Society. In 2011, Ellen was co-opted onto the Academy’s Board to fill the vacancy created by Dr Paul Murphy’s election to President-elect.
Dr Eperjesi is Head of Optometry at Aston University and has research interests in reading rehabilitation for underachieving children and individuals with acquired sight loss such as that caused by age-related macular degeneration (AMD). His main area of activity is currently the early detection of AMD using colour contrast sensitivity and the measurement and enhancement of macular pigment optical density in individuals with AMD and also those with Alzheimer’s Dementia.
James works in practice as a Contact lens Optician, is a Visiting Lecturer on the ABDO Contact Lens course and is a council member of the GOC, recently championing their review of illegal practice. He is also an assessor for entry onto the GOC register for European Dispensing qualifications. He is Vice Chairman of the Eyecare Trust and Director of Eusebius. He is a long term member of the BCLA and Vision aid Overseas and is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers. James is Past President of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians and was awarded life membership in 2012 for his contribution to optics and the wider work of the Association.
Jo is Principal of ABDO College at Godmersham in Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University Programme Director. Jo is principal examiner in Ophthalmic Lenses and Contact Lens Visual Optics and a practical examiner in Contact Lenses and Dispensing for the ABDO and a practical examiner for the WCSM. She lectures and examines both nationally and internationally. She serves on many committees including the GOC education committee, the EAOO education committee and is a member of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators. She was made a life member of the ABDO in 2011 for her achievements in the field of education.
I was educated at The City University, London and soon after graduation moved to Israel. I have been in private practice for close to 40 years and I have been a Fellow of the American Academy for 29 years. I was instrumental in establishing the Department of Optometry in Hadassah College, Jerusalem. I hold the position of Senior Lecturer in the Department where I have taught Optometric Dispensing, Practice Management, Visual Ergonomics, Integrated Optometry and presented the Visual Perception labs for 20 years. I have developed instrumentation and methodology for advanced binocular vision testing and hold patents on them.
Kevin registered as a Dispensing Optician in August 1983, the majority of his work has been in dispensing and contact lenses ever since. Kevin has been an examiner for ABDO since 2005. As an examiner he works in two different areas, practical and theory and marks Theory papers in Professional Conduct and Basic Principles of Contact Lenses. He was President of ABDO from 2006-2008 and has been a member of many different committees including the Welsh optometric committee which he is still a member of.
Mirjam van Tilborg is a part time PhD student at Cardiff University, Optometry and Visual Sciences, Wales (UK) and a lecturer in optometry and researcher (I.e.) at the Universtiy of Applied Sciences Utrecht, department demand driven care. She completed her MSc at City university (London, UK). Since 1996 she has been involved with optometry education, not only teaching but also in charge of the development of new curicula of optometry education in the Netherlands. Being (past) coordinator of continued education and (past) international affairs shows part of her broad range of competencies in (optometry) education.
Nabila AL Tamimi, Head of Optometry-Clinical Scientist, Ophthalmology Department, HMC, Qatar, holds a BSc from King Saud University, KSA, Riyadh and qualified in 1990. From 1992-1995, Nabila received a scholarship to pursue a PhD in the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, University of Wales, Cardiff, UK. Following her graduation from Cardiff, Nabila shouldered the responsibility of improving optometric education and services in Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar where she has introduced a number of programs aimed at improving the quality of care delivered to Qatari citizens and residents. Nabila is the Course Director of Diploma in Optometry by HMC in coordination with Toronto University.
Nick Rumney is a third generation optometrist who runs a well-established award winning practice offering full scope optometric services including therapeutics. The practice was the first in the UK with 3D OCT and has been responsible for supervising 16 M.Optom placement students. He has been an examiner for the College of Optometrists and sat of the General Optical Council for 12 years where he was the first optometrist to chair the standards committee. Nick chairs the International Admissions Committee for the AAO and joined the EAOO at its inception. A Founder Member of EAOO he has presented education material at every meeting since 2009.
Roger qualified as an “Augenoptiker” and in 1985 as a “dipl. Augenoptiker“. He graduated with an MSc in Clinical Optometry at PCO in 2000. After some years in private practice he started to teach full time at the college. In 2003 he became Dean of the college and in 2007 the Dean of the new optometry institute and department of the University of Applied Sciences. He has been convenor of the BV section of the BoE of ECOO, a member of the executive of the IVBV, Chair of the Education Committee of ECOO, a Fellow of the AAO, and President and IPP of EAOO.
In 1987 Remo graduated at the former Höhere Fachschule für Augenoptik (now: FHNW Institute for Optometry). Following this he took several courses in Low Vision, Didactics, Behavioral Optometry, Reflexes and Integration. In 2012 Remo graduated from Aalen University with an MSc in Vision Science and Business (Optometry). He started clinical practice 1987 in different shops until he became the owner of his own practice from 1999 – 2012. He was teaching part time until 2003 at the apprentice school for opticians and since 2004 at the FHNW Institute for Optometry. Since 2012 his lecture and research time increased and he now works part time as an optometrist in a private practice.
Rene started his career as an optician in September 1990 and finished his apprenticeship in February 1994. After that he worked in a company until September 2000. At this time Rene started part-time education and in 2003 qualified as a mastercraft optician and a contactlens specialict. From 2010 – 2011 he undertook a bridge course at PCO/Salus University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Optometry. From October 2012 to May 2014 he studied part time to complete a Master of Science in Clinical Optometry.
Dr. Annemieke Coops qualified in 1996 as an optician and completed her bachelor degree in optometry in 2001 in The Netherlands. After a research project at Eurolens (Manchester, UK) and a Master of Philosophy in contact lenses, she completed in 2006 her PhD in glaucoma detection and monitoring at The University of Manchester (UK). From 2006-?2009 she held a faculty position at the optometry department of the University of Applied Sciences (Utrecht, NL). Concurrently, she became involved in hospital optometry in a private ophthalmic clinic. Currently, she is serving as policy adviser for the Dutch Optometric Association (OVN).
Einat was awarded Fellowship of the Academy for her achievements in optometric research and education, and for strengthening the ties between Israel and Europe in the field of optometry.
Helder was awarded Fellowship of the Academy for his achievements in optometric research, education and professional advancement he has significantly contributed to the development of the profession of optometry and optics.
Simon was awarded Fellowship of the Academy for demonstrating his optometric achievements in the field of clinical practice, research, education and professional advancement.
Roger was awarded Fellowship of the Academy in recognition of his outstanding achievements in optometric research and education and his role as an ambassador of European optometry.
Andrea was awarded Fellowship of the Academy for her contribution to European optics as an examiner for the European Diploma, and for her contribution to raising optometric training in Switzerland to BSc level and introducing a MAS level.
During her career Caroline has held the posts of senior optometrist in the Contact Lens Department of Moorfields Eye Hospital, visiting lectureship roles at City & Islington College and City University, professional services management positions within industry and worked in specialist contact lens and corporate practice. Caroline’s passion for continued professional development is ever apparent in her recent appointment as Academy Manager, European Academy of Optometry and Optics, of which she is a fellow and former education committee member. Caroline has long been involved in planning, development and delivery of CET for independent and corporate clients through her directorship of Optometric Educators and partnerships with Clearview Training, and the recently reformed Scottish Contact Lens & Ocular Surface Society. Caroline is involved in consultancy & educational roles in both UK & mainland Europe, where she is a visiting lecturer at a number of schools and university departments.
Cindy was awarded Fellowship of the Academy for her notable credentials in clinical practice, education, professional advancement and the management of visual welfare nationally and internationally.
Markus was awarded Fellowship of the Academy for his achievements in clinical practice and the professional advancement and management of healthcare through providing better care to his patients.
Dr Mireia Pacheco-Cutillas is a senior lecturer in Optometry at the Department of Optics and Optometry (FOOT) at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. She qualified as registered optometrist in 1986 and obtained a Master of Science in Clinical Optometry from Pennsylvania College of Optometry, USA in 1995 and her PhD was completed in 2004 at City University, London. Her research interests are on the areas of Peadiatrics, Binocular Vision, Colour Vision, Glaucoma, Motion Detection and Ageing. Mireia is a Fellow of the European Academy and held a Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry (1996 – 2009) and was a member of the College of Optometrists (UK) from 1998-2002. Mireia is currently the President of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics.
Dr Fonte has been practising optometry since qualifying at the Institute of Optometry, Venice in 1986. She completed her Doctor of Optometry degree at the New England College of Optometry in Boston in 1996. Dr Fonte is currently teaching at the University of Milan. Rossella is President of the College of Italian Optometrists (Federottica) and a Fellow of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE). In July 2009 she received the Doctor of Optics and Optometry degree at the State University of Milano Bicocca.
Dr Shehzad Naroo is a senior lecturer at Aston University. His research includes refractive surgery, corneal topography, sports vision, intraocular lenses and the expanding role of the optometrist. He has authored and co-authored around 100 publications (including peer-reviewed, editorials, textbook chapters, non-peer-reviewed, reports etc.). Shehzad did his first degree at Aston University and a Masters and then a Doctorate degree at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. Shehzad has presented over forty keynote addresses and more than 50 further presentations at international scientific meetings. He has given over two hundred other invited seminars and training presentations. He is an examiner for the College of Optometrists, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Contact Lens and Anterior Eye and President of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators. He advises for medico-legal ophthalmic cases. He has a keen interest in promoting primary eye care in developing countries.
Rakesh qualified as an optometrist 1992 and in 1994 became a joint venture partner with Specsavers Opticians Wembley, followed by Specsavers Edgware; employing over 50 members of staff. He holds an MBA, specialising in marketing in the optical profession, is an OSCE examiner and was formerly an elected Councillor for the College of Optometrists. Rakesh is also the Ophthalmic Adviser for North West and Central London NHS, a member of the General Optical Council’s Fitness to Practice committee and a visiting lecturer Aston and City Universities. He was awarded Fellowship from the BCLA in 2009 and he is currently working towards a Diploma in Therapeutics.
David Parkins is the Clinical Quality Lead on the Bexley Clinical Commissioning Cabinet. His remit is quality assurance of commissioned services as well as lead for eye care pathway redesign. He is also optometric adviser for diabetic retinopathy screening, and works in independent and hospital practice in South East London. David is Vice President of the College of Optometrists and a trustee of the College/AOP Benevolent Fund, a past Trustee and honorary life member of Vision Aid Overseas. His research interests are in service redesign, reducing variation and improving outcomes.
Prof Paul Murphy has worked in optometry for nearly 30 years, graduating from Cardiff University in 1988. He has worked in private practice and in hospital optometry at Newcastle General Hospital and the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. Prof Murphy completed his PhD at Glasgow Caledonian University in 1996. He has been involved in optometry training since 1997, firstly at Glasgow Caledonian, then from 2001 to 2013 at Cardiff University, and, since 2013, at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Dr Murphy publishes regularly in scientific journals on contact lenses, cornea and tear film. He has collaborative links with fellow researchers in the UK, Germany, USA, Japan and New Zealand. Paul is a Member of the UK’s College of Optometrists, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Member of the International Society of Contact Lens Researchers, a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association and a Fellow of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics.
Since 2001 Christian Stebler has been President of the Swiss Optical Association (SOV). Mr Stebler is a self employed optometrist, working in independent practice in Aarau, Switzerland. He qualified in 1981 in Olten, Switzerland, and went on to study Diplomas as Licensed Optician and Expert and Leading Optician, between 1982 and 1991. He gained an MSc inVision Science and Business(Optometry) from the Aalen University (Germany) in 2011. Over the last three decades Mr Stebler has played an active role in the development of optometry and optics in Switzerland, becoming an Executive Council Member (President of the Business Management Commission) of the SOV in 1990. Between 1993 – 1996 he was President of the Board of Examiners for SOV Examinations and since 1996 he has been Chairman of Visus Members. Mr Stebler served as a Member of the Parliamentof Canton Aargau between 1999 and 2003 and as Executive Committee Member of the Trade Association of the Canton between 1997 and 2004.
David Berkow (Israel) qualified as an Optometrist at the Teknikon in Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa and returned to Israel to start practicing in Optometry. At the time there was no optometry law in Israel until 1991 where he submitted his qualifications and was issued with the certificate from the Ministry of Health (1992). In 1983, he was awarded Fellowship of The American Academy of Optometry. He has been a member of The British Contact Lens Association for over 25 years. In 1984, he went to London to register as an Optometrist in England. As a foreign Optometrist, he attended the course at the London Refraction Hospital and sat the examinations in order to qualify to register with the G.O.C. After passing, he registered with the G.O.C. keeping up registration until December 2005. He also became a member of The British College of Optometrists and has been a member since. He practices general optometry and has a special interest in contact lenses. Recently he was awarded Fellowship of The British Contact Lens Association
Bryony Pawinska (UK) is Chief Executive of the UK College of Optometrists, and Company Secretary of the Academy and of the World Council of Optometry. She was awarded Fellowship in recognition of the important role she has played in the development of the optometric profession nationally in the UK and also internationally through her work with the World Council of Optometry and Optics and in the establishment and development of the European Academy.
Dr Heiko Pult (Germany) has worked as CEO of the private practice group ‘Horst Riede’ since 1988 in Weinheim, Germany. His principal clinical areas of work are mainly concentrated on contact lenses,geriatric and paediatric care. In addtiion, he is an independent investigator and lecturer for several optical companies, research groups and Optometry schools. His research interests are related to vision, tear film, cornea and contact lenses. He graduated in 1994 as an Optometrist from the Collegeof Optometry in Munich, Germany and extended his clinical skills in a Masters of Science in Optometry at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (USA). After graduation in 1998 he founded the Academic Society of Optometry with his peers – of which he becane Founding President – to promote continuing education. In 2008 he graduated with a PhD at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University, UK. He continued to research as a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University and as a member of the Contact Lens and Anterior Eye Research (CLEAR) Unit, Cardiff. He combines research,science,teaching and clinical practice to progress the clinical care of patients in his practice as well as working to improve the understanding of contact lens wearing comfort by sharing his knowledge as a lecturer at different universities,schools and international conferences.
Helmer Schweizer (Switzerland) completed his apprenticeship as an optician in 1981 and continued on to become a ‘Augenoptikermeister’ (master optician, bachelors degree equivalent) in Munich, Germany. He has been working in the contact lens industry for more than 20 years with Alcon Vision Care, formerly CIBA VISION, in a wide variety of areas of Research and Development, Marketing, Sales, Professional Services and Professional Affairs. He completed his Bachelor in General Business Administration at Lorange Institute of Business, Zurich, Switzerland and has an MBA from the Robert H. Smith Business School, University of Maryland, USA (2009), as well as the Lorange Institute of Business (2012). From 2003 to 2009 and 2011 to 2013, he served/serves as the president of the European Association of the Contact Lens and Lens Care Manufacturers (EUROMCONTACT). Since 2005 he has been the Chairman of the European Contact Lens Forum (ECLF). In 2008, he became a Fellow of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (FIACLE), in 2009, Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association (FBCLA, member since 1990) and in 2010 a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO). He was among the first members of the EAOO and is a long standing member of the VDCO (Germany), the WVAO (Germany) and the SBAO (Switzerland). Since 2009 he has been teaching the Contact Lens course at the School of Optometry at the University of Novi Sad (Serbia) and lectures at the School of Optometry in Velika Gorica (Croatia). He is co-author of two books and has many publications, too. He is the 2012 recipient of the EFCLIN award.
Karen Sparrow (UK) started her career as a high street optometrist, moving into practice management and regional training as well as pre-registration optometrist supervision. She was involved in Professional Services at a regional level with Vision Express before becoming Professional Services Manager for the UK and Ireland in 1998. She was involved in pre-registration optometrist recruitment and training across the company, developing and implementing optical continuing education and professional development. She launched daily disposable contact lenses nationally to Vision Express stores across the UK and Ireland in the mid 1990’s. She also completed research placements at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London and the Kingston Royal Eye Unit between 2001 and 2006. She joined the Association of Optometrists (AOP) in a newly created role of Education Advisor where she supports and mentor students and optical professionals across the country and also works part-time as a locum optometrist in clinical practice. She has also become a media spokesperson for the AOP on Optometry, eye health and eye care and have appeared on the BBC, ITV, national and local radio and been quoted and written for national press and web media. started her career as a high street optometrist, moving into practice management and regional training as well as pre-registration optometrist supervision. She was involved in Professional Services at a regional level with Vision Express before becoming Professional Services Manager for the UK and Ireland in 1998. She was involved in pre-registration optometrist recruitment and training across the company, developing and implementing optical continuing education and professional development. She launched daily disposable contact lenses nationally to Vision Express stores across the UK and Ireland in the mid 1990’s. She also completed research placements at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London and the Kingston Royal Eye Unit between 2001 and 2006. She joined the Association of Optometrists (AOP) in a newly created role of Education Advisor where she supports and mentor students and optical professionals across the country and also works part-time as a locum optometrist in clinical practice. She has also become a media spokesperson for the AOP on Optometry, eye health and eye care and have appeared on the BBC, ITV, national and local radio and been quoted and written for national press and web media.
Dr Verezen (Netherlands) is an optometrist, specializing in visual rehabilitation. He lectures at three university clinics in the Netherlands (Leiden, Utrecht and Maastricht), where he teaches optics, optometry and low vision to ophthalmology residents. He is especially interested in driving and low vision. He received his basic optical and optometric training at the optical department of Christiaan Huygensschool in Rotterdam and has a Bachelor degree in optometry at Hogeschool Utrecht University of Applied Science. He was awarded a PhD degree in Medical Sciences at Nijmegen University. Title of the thesis: “Eccentric viewing behaviour in patients with a central scotoma”. In 1997 he became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. At present, he is President of the Optometristen Vereniging Nederland (OVN -Dutch Optometric Association). He served on the boards of several organizations such as the Low Vision Research Group of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology ARVO and Vereniging voor Revalidatie bij Slechtziendheid (VRS – The Dutch Association for Visual Rehabilitation). In 1998 he was the first Dutch optometrist to be invited to join the Nederlands Oogheelkundig Gezelschap (NOG – Dutch Ophthalmological Association).
Dr Jeffrey Weaver (USA) has served the profession of optometry with distinction in the quarter century since his graduation with an OD from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1985. He initially served on Active Duty in the U.S. Army for nearly 5 years. He then moved to academia, ultimately teaching full time at the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry. For 12 years, as American Optometric Association Clinical Care Director, he created policy, developed and implemented programs for the profession, managing committees relating to clinical practice, ophthalmic standards and public health. Most recently, he was named the first Executive Director of the American Board of Optometry, where he will continue to serve the profession by overseeing the board certification process for optometry. In addition to his doctorate, he holds an MBA from Drury College and an MS in Physiological Optics from The Ohio State University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, as well as a Diplomate in Public Health and Environmental Vision. He is Board Certified in Healthcare Management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Optometric Association, of which he should assume the presidency in 2011, and is on the Executive Council of the Armed Forces Optometric Society. He has authored numerous articles for optometric publications and has presented nationally and internationally.