Elaine Styles, practising optometrist and Chair of Vision Care for Homeless People, has been elected to Life Fellowship of the College of Optometrists in recognition of the outstanding contribution she has made to the optometric profession. The College particularly recognised Elaine’s contribution to the provision of eye care services to vulnerable people through her involvement in the establishment and on-going leadership of Vision Care for Homeless People, and her continued fundraising for this important charity.
The Fellowship was presented at the College’s annual Diploma Ceremony held at Central Hall, Westminster on 5 November, where more than 260 diplomats were welcomed into the profession, and College Higher Qualifications and Research Excellence Awards were also presented.
College Council Member and Director of Clearview Training, Jane MacNaughton, who presented Elaine’s Fellowship, said: ‘Elaine is totally committed to reaching out to the more vulnerable members of our society and helping to improve the quality of their lives Her dedication, enthusiasm and energy are totally infectious and I, like all her friends and colleagues, have total admiration and respect for Elaine who continues to work so tirelessly and selflessly.’
Six other life Fellowships were presented and Honorary Fellowship of the College was awarded to The Rt Hon the Lord Low of Dalston, CBE and eminent eye surgeon, Professor David Gartry.