What is the European Academy?
The Academy is a membership organisation that provides a much needed voice to help advance optometry and optics, develop the scientific knowledge base and support and promote lifelong learning for optometrists, opticians, vision scientists and all those involved in eye health care across Europe.
The Academy’s strategic aims are to:
- develop scientific knowledge of optometry and optics
- advance and promote education into optometry and optics and related subjects
- advance and promote research into optometry and optics and related subjects
- promote for the public benefit the science and practice of optometry and optics
- promote for the public benefit the professional competence and conduct of Academy members.
History of the Academy
The Academy was launched in Lausanne, Switzerland in May 2009, at the Spring Meeting of the European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO). The Academy’ secretariat is hosted by the College of Optometrists, London, United Kingdom.
Why is the European Academy needed?
Since its launch in 2009, the European Academy has built a network of eye care professionals across Europe. Together, we are working to harmonise standards and practices in optometry and optics.
For the past five years the Academy has provided a forum where experts and practitioners can come together to meet, share their successes and challenges, and learn from each other’s experience.
The practice of eye care in Europe is changing and these changes are happening at a different pace in different countries. As a profession, we must work together to ensure we address issues such as an ageing population, a growing need for healthcare, technological advancements and consumer demands.
We are helping optometry and optics professionals across Europe to work in collaboration, not isolation, to meet these challenges.
Become a member and be part of the change: help shape optometry and optics in Europe.
Board of Trustees
Dr. Mireia Pacheco-Cutillas
Dr. Mireia Pacheco-Cutillas is a senior lecturer in Optometry at the Department of Optics and Optometry (FOOT) at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. She qualified as registered optometrist in 1986 and obtained a Master of Science in Clinical Optometry from Pennsylvania College of Optometry, USA in 1995 and her PhD was completed in 2004 at City University, London. Her research interests are on the areas of Peadiatrics, Binocular Vision, Colour Vision, Glaucoma, Motion Detection and Ageing. Mireia is a Fellow of the European Academy and held a Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry (1996 – 2009) and was a member of the College of Optometrists (UK) from 1998-2002. Mireia is currently the President of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics.
Dr. Eduardo Teixeira
Dr. Eduardo Teixeira is a clinical Optometrist since July 2001 and he recently started as Assistant Lecturer in Optometry at Beira Interior University. He was Inaugural Trustee from EAOO Board in 2009 and he is involved in the regulation of optometry in Portugal and the legal framework for optometrists in the Portuguese NHS and was President of the Board of Association of Licensed Optometrists (APLO) between 2004 and 2012. He is the first Portuguese Optometrist to integrate an official health national organization, as member of the first Advisory Board of Entidade Reguladora da Saúde (ERS). He was also member of ECOO Professional Services Committee from May 2011 to May 2012. He study Optometry, Optics and Applied Physics in Beira Interior University, Covilhã, Portugal where he concludes is BsC Degree and he actually is finishing the Master Degree in Minho University, Braga Portugal. Eduardo is the current Vice President of EAOO.
Professor Paul Murphy
Immediate Past President
Professor Paul Murphy has worked in optometry for nearly 30 years, graduating from Cardiff University in 1988. He has worked in private practice and in hospital optometry at Newcastle General Hospital and the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. Prof Murphy completed his PhD at Glasgow Caledonian University in 1996. He has been involved in optometry training since 1997, firstly at Glasgow Caledonian, then from 2001 to 2013 at Cardiff University, and, since 2013, at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Dr Murphy publishes regularly in scientific journals on contact lenses, cornea and tear film. He has collaborative links with fellow researchers in the UK, Germany, USA, Japan and New Zealand. Paul is a Member of the UK’s College of Optometrists, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Member of the International Society of Contact Lens Researchers, a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association and a Fellow of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics.
Trustee / Appointed by Board of Trustees
Elaine Grisdale FBDO FAAO is ABDO’s Head of Professional Services and International Development. She qualified as a dispensing optician in 1985. Between 1989 and 2001 Elaine worked in France, where she was International Professional Relations Manager for Opticianry and Optometry for Essilor International liaising with professional bodies, vision scientists and academic institutions worldwide. In 1998 she was instrumental in creating Varilux University, the first international training centre dedicated to presbyopia and the ageing eye. Since 2007 she has been Head of Professional Services and International Development for the Association of British Dispensing Opticians. Her role entails promoting and developing CET events, managing the annual conference, Advice and Guidance to member professionals, liaising with optical bodies in the UK and abroad and developing ABDO activities internationally. She is past principal examiner in professional conduct for ABDO. She sits on many professional committees in the UK. In her long career Elaine has lectured on every continent . She has written many articles published in professional journals, been involved in writing teaching CD programmes and e-learning programmes and she had a book published in Mandarin co-written with Prof Irvin M. Borish. Due to her vast experience and fluent French, Elaine sits on the Jury Verres for the Silmo d’Or and is a Scientific Committee Member for the Silmo Academy. She has school level Spanish and is actively learning Mandarin. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and A Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers.
Dr. Rob Hogan
Trustee/ Appointed by the College of Optometrists
Dr. Rob Hogan is a Past-President of the College of Optometrists and is a co-opted member of its Board. Rob has also recently stepped down after spending 8 years as a Member of the General Optical Council – the UK’s Optics Regulator. Rob is Chairman of the UK’s Directorate of Continuing Education and Training (DOCET). He is also the College’s nominee to the EAOO. Rob owns his own Consultancy, iCare Consulting Ltd, providing Clinical, Technical, Strategic, Commercial, Managerial and Professional Services and Advice to the Optical Sector.
Dr. Julie-Anne Little
Trustee/ Appointed by ECOO Nominee
Dr. Julie-Anne Little is a lecturer in Optometry at Ulster University in the UK, and she is a council member for the Association of Optometrists. Her research interests concern paediatric vision and the impact of intellectual disability on vision, and she has presented her research at numerous international scientific meetings and in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Julie-Anne is past-President of the European Council of Optometry & Optics (ECOO) and is involved with other stakeholder groups addressing the issues of preventable blindness and the importance of access to eyecare for citizens. Dr Little is the ECOO nominee as an EAOO Trustee, and is proud to be a Fellow of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics.
Trustee/ Individual practitioner
In 1981 Mrs. Stankova graduated as an ophthalmic optician from the Technical School of Fine Mechanics and Optics “Mikhail Lomonosov” in Sofia. She passed many trainings in abroad and the extensive training in 2015-2016 she got certified as “Kontaktlinsenspezialist / in (FH) Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena – University of Applied Sciences, Fachbereich SciTec – Studiengang Augenoptik / Optometrie. At present Mrs. Stankova works in hers own company Eurooptic in activities such as personal adviser for visual problems and getting spectacles and Contact lenses. In 2009, Mrs.Stankova managed to obtain a state license for opening private Vocational training center for teaching Opticians in Dispensing optics and CETs.In addition, she has been involved with the professional and educational policy related to optics and optometry for over 15 years now at local and international level. As a President of the NABOO /National Association of Bulgarian Optometrists and Opticians/2005-2009/, Mrs. Stankova took the initiative to change the status of the profession of opticians in Bulgaria from the sector of craftsmanship to a status of healthcare. During the two mandates she managed to earn significant experience in the area of negotiations with the local government. She was also the initiator of the project Optometry in Bulgaria which began in 2004.During the year 2006 Mrs. Stankova was elected as a member of the Educational committee (2006 – 2008) of ECOO. In 2008 she was elected as a member of the Professional service committee of ECOO for a mandate of 2 years. From 2009 she has been a founder member of the EAOO. Since 2016 for its contribution to Bulgarian optometry she was announced as honored member of the Bulgarian Union of Optometrists.
Dr. Ellen Svarverud
Trustee/ Educational institution representative
Dr Ellen Svarverud is appointed Chair of the Education Committee by the Board. She was awarded her Academy Fellowship in 2015. She is Assistant Professor at the National Centre for Optics, Vision and Eye Care at University College of Southeast Norway, where she is doing research as well as teaching and supervising optometry students. She completed her optometry degree in Norway in 1992, and gained her doctorate in vision science from Reading University, UK, in 2010. Her broad optometric background includes clinical practice, education, research and development of the optometric profession. For some years, she has been involved in European optometry, both as an Academy trustee and a member of the Education committee, and as a member of the Board of Examiners at the European Council of Optometry and Optics. She also holds fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry.