New College of Optometrists Fellowships recognise outstanding contributions to optometry

27 October 2015
Source: The College of Optometrists

The College of Optometrists has elected three new Life Fellows and a new Honorary Fellow. Fellowship of the College is awarded to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the profession or to the College.

The three new Life Fellows of the College are:

Professor Roger Anderson FCOptom, Professor of Vision Science, University of Ulster.

Professor Anderson is recognised for his contribution to vision science, for mentoring other optometrists who wish to make discoveries in vision science, and for his contribution to the development of optometric teaching both in the UK and in Mozambique.

Dr Robert Harper MCOptom, Consultant Optometrist at the Royal Manchester Eye Hospital.

Dr Harper is recognised for his significant contribution to research and to the education and training of optometrists, as well as the key role he played in the development and enhancing of the Manchester Glaucoma Referral Refinement Scheme.

Professor John Flanagan MCoptom, Dean of University of California Berkeley School of Optometry.

Professor Flanagan is recognised for his contribution to research into glaucoma and diabetic eye disease, and to the development of optometric education in the UK and Canada.

The new Honorary Fellow of the College is:

Professor Harminder Dua, Chair and Professor of Ophthalmology at University of Nottingham.

Professor Harminder Dua is recognised for his contribution to developing a mutually beneficial relationship between the College and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists while serving as President of the latter, and his work in developing the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning in England – a joint initiative between the two aforementioned Colleges and an important force for change in eye care, which he chaired.

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