Facilitators A-L




Mr Abbas Asaria, BSc (Hons) MCOptom

Founder and Managing Director
Star Optical Ltd

Abbas comes from a large family of registered Eyecare Professionals including Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Contact lens and Dispensing Opticians and obtained his degree in Optometry from The City University in London. In his early career as an Optometrist and with a strong optical and dispensing background, Abbas worked in practice, management, training and professional services roles. With a passion for professional development and teaching, Abbas returned to The City University Optometry and Visual Science Department as a visiting Clinical Tutor and progressed to become Lead Clinician and Clinical Skills tutor for the Primary Care Clinics. Alongside assessing clinical competence of undergraduates, Abbas founded EyeCan Training a successful Pre-Reg training company. In 2013, Abbas was approached by a large global ophthalmic equipment manufacturer and went on to become a Regional Sales Manager and Clinical Affairs Specialist. He now runs successful management consultancy Star Optical and his accomplishments have been publicised in well-known industry press, being personally acknowledged by recognised institutions and key opinion leaders in the industry. Abbas is also an accredited peer-review facilitator for the College of Optometrists and a clinical, technical and marketing adviser to global eyecare companies.



Nicola Bennett

Clinical Affairs Specialist
Topcon (Great Britain) Medical Limited

Nicola has 7 years' experience in Optometric practice, using a wide range of ophthalmic imaging and measurement techniques utilising Topcon Instruments including OCT, fundus photography, OCT Angiography, Perimetry and other data collection technology. Nicola has a wealth of experience in OCT diagnosis and image capture with difficult patients and children.

Currently Nicola is in the process of completing The Gloucestershire Retinal Education Certificate of Higher Education (OCT Capture & Interpretation).



Mr Simon Berry

Simon Berry Optometrists

Simon has been a qualified Optometrist for over 20 years. He started his pre-registration at Sunderland Eye Infirmary and still works two sessions a week as a Specialist Optometrist. Simon set up his own optometric practice in Durham in 2002. Simon’s background is very clinical and he has tried to expand his optometric practice in that direction. Simon Berry Optometrist are involved in all extended areas of clinical practice and have tended to specialize in children’s eyecare and for patients with a learning disability. 



Mr James Burton

Plymouth Uiversity

James has over twenty years’ professional experience working within optics which includes initially working within the lab, surfacing and glazing glasses. He then went on to dispensing and working as a contact lens practitioner, then in more recent years qualifying and practicing as an optometrist. Since qualifying as an optometrist at Bradford University in 2011, James has had the opportunity to be part of the clinical tutor team within Plymouth University and more recently within the prison service. He has also been involved in the examination assessment process within WOPEC and strives to give help and support to the next generation of Optometrists.



Morven Campbell, BSc(Hons) MCOptom

Optometrist McLachlans Opticians

Morven is based in an independent practice focused on patient care. Having utilised OCT imaging for over a decade Morven feels it has revolutionised her practice, allowing for more accurate and timely diagnosis of many conditions. Morven’s main clinical interests are paediatric optometry, dry eye and contact lenses. She is passionate about patient education and believes the use of all forms of digital imaging aids understanding and ensures patients are knowledgeable about their eyes and therefore more likely to seek help should circumstances change.



Alison Edwards, MCOptom Prof Cert Med Ret Prof Cert Glau

BBR Optometry

Alison graduated from the University of Bradford in May 2014 with BSc (Hons) in Optometry and completed her pre-registration year in Limavady, Northern Ireland. After fully qualifying as an Optometrist in July 2015, Alison also completed the College of Optometrists Professional Certificate in Medical Retina and Glaucoma through the University of Ulster.

She moved to Herefordshire and started working at BBR Optometry in June 2017, along with a day a week at Hereford County Hospital’s Eye Department in their 'Virtual Clinic'.

Alison is currently studying towards a further qualification in Independent Prescribing through Aston University.



Mr Indie Grewal, BSc (Hons) MCOptom DipTp(IP) Prof Cert Glau FBDO FBCLA

Optometrist and Dispensince Optometrist
Leightons Opticians


Indie is a qualified Dispensing Optician and Optometrist with 25 years experience within the Optical Industry. Shortly after qualifying as an Optometrist he joined Visioncare Research as a Research Optometrist. He opened his own Leightons Franchise in St Albans in 2001, as well as participating in contact lens clinical trials, he has a special interest in Myopia Management and Multifocal contact lens fitting. Indie believes that technology forms the basis of a good eye examination. Since opening in 2001 he has continually updated and expanded the technology in his practice. He purchased his first OCT in 2009 and recently updated this to a Topcon Triton Plus. He also regularly conducts wide-field imaging with an Optos Daytona. For contact lens and dry eye assessments he uses both corneal topography as well as the Triton Plus. Indie believes that technology helps in diagnosing early eye conditions and also for patient education as well as improving patient loyalty.





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