AOP Contact Lens Awards 2015

AOP Contact Lens Awards 2015

The Ortho K Clinic’s optometrist, Colin Tonner, has been announced as winner of a prestigious national award in recognition of his services to optics. Run by the Association of Optometrists (AOP) and sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, the awards recognise the highest levels of achievement in UK optics.
Mr Tonner was named winner in the Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year category during an awards ceremony in Birmingham on 5 November. The category, which is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, recognises an individual who actively promotes contact lens wear within the practice and beyond – particularly focusing on groups such as teenagers and the elderly.
Asked about what he thinks makes his service ‘gold standard’ Mr Tonner said: “I think it would be the way that I try to interact with people and deal with the psychological aspects that hold potential wearers back. Patience and encouragement for patients to come back two, three or more times until they are comfortable with the process. I would not want them to feel hurried.”
Commenting on his award, Mr Tonner said: “Being shortlisted was a big surprise, but I am gobsmacked that so many people have taken the trouble to vote for me. It is an honour for me and the team.”
Mr Tonner enjoys his profession and commented: “I have always loved the positive reaction that people have when you are freeing them from their glasses.” He added: “For different people, being fitted with contact lenses means different things. Some people do, literally, describe it as life-changing.”
Henrietta Alderman, AOP Chief Executive, said: “The AOP Awards gives us the opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of the individuals and organisations who give so much to the public and the profession. Congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted for this year’s Awards.”
More than 14,000 votes were cast across this year’s awards categories. The twelve awards categories include a new accolade for Newly-qualified Optometrist of the Year. For more information on the AOP Awards 2015, including details of all the winners and shortlisted nominees, see the AOP website www.aop.org.uk