Our Optometrists

Before we even think about surgery, we need to know about your eyes in microscopic detail. To achieve that, we give every patient the most thorough and rigorous eye exam available anywhere.

Many clinics rely on your current prescription and a relatively basic examination. But we want to be sure we understand every detail of your vision, in all manner of conditions. That’s where the London Vision Clinic’s optometrists come in.

Our optometrists are highly trained eye specialists in their own right, working alongside our surgeons. They are experts in examining and testing your eyes, both for the quality of your vision and for general ocular health. They’re also qualified to diagnose and treat most common eye conditions, and to prescribe and fit glasses – not that ours get that chance very often!


London Vision Clinic Optometrists

We are confident that our team of eye specialists includes some of the finest laser optometrists in the UK.

Your optometrist will take you through what will almost certainly be the most rigorous eye exam you will ever have – far more detailed than you’ll find in most laser eye surgery clinics. You’ll need to set aside at least two hours for your Initial Screening appointment (of longer, if you opt for the combined Initial Screening and Ophthalmic Exam).

To qualify, aspiring optometrists have to complete a three-year undergraduate degree in Optometry, plus at least a year’s ‘pre-registration’ practice supervised by an experienced practitioner.

During their training, they learn to use an array of tools and techniques that measure the cornea, the dilation of pupils, the pressure inside the eye and visual performance in all sorts of lighting conditions.

Sharon Ritchie – Lead Optometrist

Sharon Ritchie

Sharon joined the team at London Vision Clinic in July 2010 after working in laser eye surgery for nine years. She moved to London from Aberdeen and loves life in the big city – not least the milder weather! Sharon is a keen football fan and is an avid supporter of Arsenal FC. She also enjoys eating out and embracing all that London has to offer.

London Vision Clinic’s world-class expertise, ongoing research and development and patient focus are the main things that attracted her to the clinic. She had her own laser eye surgery at the clinic in 2012 for significant short-sightedness and has been thrilled with the results. She has found her personal experience invaluable when explaining the procedure to her patients and can now ease their apprehension and answer their questions about it having gone through the process herself.

Vimal Piparia

Vimal Piparia

Vimal has been working as an optometrist for fifteen years and has been involved in refractive care, research and training during that period. He joined London Vision Clinic in 2009, after spending two years in Melbourne, working for the Australian College of Optometry, and has enjoyed rediscovering London once more.

Vimal has been fortunate enough to have travelled extensively whilst combining a great passion for food. He is currently working hard to improve his culinary skills and is a ‘budding master chef in the making’.

Brendan Duane

Brendan Duane

Although a native of Melbourne, Australia, Brendan has been a successful London optometrist for over 14 years, and part of the London Vision Clinic team since 2004.

A keen cricket fan, Brendan isn’t afraid to admit his delight that Australia has regained the precious Ashes. Away from the crease, he enjoys photography and travels widely.

His most recent expeditions have been to remarkably diverse destinations: the high African desert of Ethiopia, the exclusive Arizona wave and the bleak beauty of Antarctica.

Elizabeth Rowe

Lizzie

Lizzie joined the team of Optometrists in 2019, although this wasn’t her first time working at the clinic! Back in 2012, Lizzie originally worked as a Clinic Coordinator, she became fascinated with the standard of patient care delivered by our clinicians, and later chose to go back to University to become a fully qualified Optometrist. Outside of the clinic, Lizzie loves practising yoga, and is a keen rugby fan, supporting French team Stade Toulousain.

I love the clinic because we are at the forefront of what we do. I am so confident in the clinic’s ability to achieve the best results possible, so I can throw my heart and soul into my role. I love being an Optometrist because no day is the same, and I get to interact with so many amazing people – not only our patients but also the lovely team at LVC.
Lizzie

Emma Brandon – Training and Continuing Education Lead Optometrist

Emma Brandon

Emma is not only an experienced and highly skilled optometrist; she has also been a patient at the London Vision Clinic. In typical optometrist fashion, she can reel off her exact prescription before laser vision correction: OD – 6.00/-3.00 X 10; OS – 6.50/ -3.00 X 180. In short, around -9 dioptres, or very short-sighted.

Emma even recalls the date of her surgery: 8 August 2006. It’s a date she says she’ll never forget. ‘Having had a lot of myopia and astigmatism beforehand, I have found it a life-changing experience,’ she says of her treatment.

Away from the Clinic, Emma is a devoted mountaineer, having recently climbed Mount Ararat – although as a native Londoner she often has to make do with the local climbing wall. In fact, she enjoys a host of outdoor pursuits such as skiing, which she says has been ‘completely revolutionised’ by her laser vision correction.

Desiree ToddDesiree Todd

Desiree Todd joined the team at the London Vision Clinic in late 2008, having previously worked in both research and at a laser eye surgery chain. When asked about her reasons for choosing to work at the London Vision Clinic over other laser eye surgery providers, Desiree said, “I chose to work at the London Vision Clinic as to me it offers the epitome of what laser surgery is all about: advanced technology combined with world class standards of patient care.”

Originally from Northern Ireland, Desiree is a keen sportswoman, having show jumped and evented from an early age. She also enjoys snowboarding and running – making do with slightly less green space in London compared to Ireland!

Since joining the London Vision Clinic, Desiree has had laser eye surgery. Her prescription before surgery was -6.00/-1.50 x 169 and -6.75/-4.25 x 6 , making her highly astigmatic.

Nabila Akbarali

Nabila Akbarali

Nabila joined the team back in 2017, and has worked as an Optometrist for over 18 years, the last 10 of which have been in the field of Refractive Surgery. Nabila has always been passionate about Optometry, completing her undergraduate degree in Birmingham followed by a Masters degree in London, and was therefore very excited to join the team at London Vision Clinic which she sees as a centre of excellence and a leader in it’s field. Outside of work, Nabila loves to travel and particularly enjoys combining travel with her love for food ensuring she samples the local cuisine everywhere she goes!

Amir Farooqi

Amir joined London Vision Clinic in 2019 after working in refractive surgery for four years. His love for Optometry stemmed from his father who also is an Optometrist.

Being a -6.00DS before his laser surgery in 2013, Amir was fascinated by how quickly he was back into routine life…” it was literally life-changing overnight”. Attention to detail, research and advancements into refractive surgery are what attracted Amir to the “world-leading institute, London Vision Clinic”.

When not enjoying some of the unique and fun activities busy London has to offer, Amir loves to travel the world, from climbing mountains and trekking glaciers in Patagonia to soaking up the sun on exotic islands. His travels inspire his passion for food which is evident in his superb culinary and baking skills. And when he’s not roaming the world, he will be working on his next interior design project or capturing his favourite moments of life through a camera lens!

Optometrists