Bruce Evans FCOptom: A curious mindset

2 August 2023
Summer 2023

We speak to Professor Bruce Evans FCOptom, Life Fellow of the College, about turning research interests into practical patient solutions.

Some optometrists are great researchers. Some are great clinicians. Some are both. But few are able to fulfil both roles with quite the same level of expertise and recognition as Professor Bruce Evans FCOptom.

For 25 years, Bruce was Director of Research at the Institute of Optometry, and is now Senior Research Fellow. He is a Visiting Professor at City, University of London and at London South Bank University. He has worked in an optometric practice in Essex for 35 years and owned the practice from 1996 to 2019. He has lectured and published extensively, and was recently made a Life Fellow of the College. But even with such a list of accomplishments, it’s worth remembering that – as with most optometrists – his career started simply with a natural interest.

“My favourite subject at school was biology, and I was fascinated by the eye,” he says. “We are all familiar with the sensory ability of the eye and the higher visual centres that analyse what we see, but I think the precision of the motor system in maintaining accurate eye fixation and binocular alignment is equally impressive. I think I made the right choice all those years ago.”

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