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.
Dates for the 2017 Fellowship programme will be announced in the autumn of 2016. Candidates must become a member of the Academy before applying.
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.
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