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Richard Ball of Topcon becomes an Honorary Fellow of the Ophthalmic Imaging Association

Topcon are delighted to announce that Richard Ball, Area Sales Manager for the North has received an Honorary Fellowship by the Ophthalmic Imaging Association (OIA).

The OIA is a membership organization who promote good practice, education, training and research within the disciplines of ocular imaging and related ophthalmic sciences. Members of the association undertake photographs, scans and other imaging for the diagnosis, treatment and care management of patients within ophthalmology. This is extremely important within such a highly specialized technical and clinical field that has historically had little formal training and qualifications.

The Honorary Fellowship is only occasionally awarded by the OIA Committee, to those who have made a special and very significant contribution to the aims and objectives of the organisation.

“Mr Ball has been a dedicated and sincere supporter of the association for many years and has served on the national committee as Professional Trade Representative for over a decade. In doing so, he has served both the committee and his fellow trade representatives with professionalism, impartiality, dedication, wit and humour” commented Matthew Thomas, Ophthalmic Vision Scientist and Immediate Past Chairman of the OIA.

As a long standing corporate member of the OIA, Topcon are very proud that Richard who has worked within the fields of ophthalmology and optometry for most of his career, has been awarded this extremely elite honorary title.

“Becoming an Honorary Fellow was a total surprise to me and it means such a great deal” commented Mr Ball. “I’ve been a dedicated member, regularly and consistently attending committee meetings and the annual conferences and I feel very passionately about the work of the association. However I also know how infrequently the titles of Fellowship are awarded, which just heightens the tremendous honour of this award” continued Richard.

Richard was proposed for the award by a long-standing member of the ophthalmic imaging profession and his nomination was unanimously supported by all committee members involved. He was presented with this momentous award at the OIA Annual Conference dinner in Stratford in November 2017.

“It was clear from the look of surprise and delight on Richard’s face that this was a completely unexpected presentation.  It was a great personal delight to be able to make this award to Richard in recognition of his contribution to the work of the Association.” concluded Mr Thomas.