Meet our Advisory Committee. Myopia specialist's who help bring you the latest guidance and knowledge about myopia management. If you want to add to the conversation or ask a question of one of our team, please contact us.
Jason Higginbotham, BSc (Hons) MCOptom Prof Cert Glau Prof Cert Med Ret Prof Cert LV FBDO MBCLA - is passionate about raising awareness to tackle the myopia problem.
With over thirty years of experience in optometry, Jason is well known and well regarded as an educator and consultant. He has a particular interest in the field of myopia management. Jason regularly travels to deliver educational workshops on a wealth of optometry subjects.
Jason launched myopiafocus.org because he was becoming increasingly concerned at the lack of understanding and support for parents about what is going on with children’s eyes right now.
Keyur is a renowned specialist in Myopia Management and multi-award winning optometrist - winning Optometrist of the Year 2022 & Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year 2022 at the recent EyeCare Awards.
He graduated in optometry from City University in 1999 and continued his studies for three years in the USA where he obtained his Doctor of Optometry qualification. Keyur has also gained diplomas in both glaucoma and independent prescribing enabling him to treat many eye conditions without the need for onward referral to a doctor or hospital. He has a vast level of experience running community based clinics for glaucoma management as well as in independent private practices such as Tompkins Knight & Son Optometrists where he practices.
Keyur practices at Tompkins Knight & Son Optometrists based in Northampton. With a reputation for innovation and cutting-edge eye care, TK&S is widely recognised as one of the leading practices in the UK – with the latest awards adding to a clutch of honours received in recent years.
Morven has been an optometrist and dispensing optician for over 25years. She opened her own independent practice, Iris Blue Optical, in 2019 providing a wide array of services including myopia management. After less than a year in business the practice was named as a finalist in the Scottish Independent Retail Awards. Prior to self-employment she was Clinical Manager for a large independent group, where her role was ensuring patient safety and excellence in optometric practice.
Morven has been involved with myopia management for over 6 years now, both in face to face patient care and training of other optometrists in this important area of clinical practice.
Morven is the Official Optometrist to BBC Radio Scotland where she has a regular ‘Call the Optometrist’ surgery answering listener eye queries. She has been a regular contributor to professional education in many forms and on varied subjects.
Bhavin Shah (BSc Optom (Hons), MCOptom, MBCLA) is a multi-award-winning myopia management specialist and behavioural optometrist with over 25 years of experience in the industry.
Bhavin's passion for linking vision with learning, coupled with his unique approach to solving complex problems using innovation and technology led to him specialising in myopia management since 2016.
His unique approach has helped hundreds of children to slow the deterioration in their sight and vision successfully and safely. He regularly writes and speaks about myopia management to professionals, parents and the public. His practice fits more MiSight contact lenses than any other in the UK.
Brian Tompkins is an experienced independent practitioner in his stunningly refurbished and contemporised Victorian house-practice in Northampton UK.
Brian is a Past President of the BCLA (British Contact Lens Association) and a former AOP Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year. He lectures internationally on business, imaging technology, myopia management and specialist contact lens topics, all based on real life experience in the consulting room.
Brian learnt that people retain more by being entertained while being educated and so since that time his lectures and workshops have been interactive and fun, sometimes even hilarious, but always informative.
He is, perhaps, Optometry’s best known EDUTAINER.
Michael O'Kane is one of the youngest people to be awarded a Fellowship of the College of Optometrists in the UK. He holds many post-graduate qualifications and is due to complete his MSc in August 2022.
Michael is an Independent Prescriber, the clinical director of Specsavers Morningside and Cameron Toll branches. He was a Specialist Paediatric Hospital Optometrist in Edinburgh’s Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion and has provided Myopia Management to children in and around Edinburgh for the last 5 years. He is the Chairperson of the NHS NES Optometric Educational Advisory Board and sits on the Executive Board of Optometry Scotland, as a Specsavers representative.
He was awarded UK Optometrist of the Year 2018 at the Opticians Awards and Optometrist of the Year 2018 at the NHS Scottish Health Awards. The Morningside store was also awarded Technology Practice of the Year 2018, at the Opticians Awards.
Sandip is an optometrist with a wealth of experience in the profession. He is the optometrist owner of The Eyecare Centre and Barnard Associates in Hove, East Sussex. Sandip has been practising for over 30 years and his experiences in optometry are unique as he has worked in a wide range of fields ranging from: academia, clinical practice, refractive surgery, ophthalmology and publishing.
Sandip has owned his current practice, The Eyecare Centre, for more than 22 years which recently merged with another local practice, Barnard Associates. This has created the largest independent practice in the City of Brighton and Hove. The practices both had previously actively offered myopia management for more than 20 years. The larger business has allowed the myopia management side of the business to grow considerably. The practice offers full panel of myopia management options currently available in the UK.
If you are a myopia specialist who would like to contribute to Myopia Focus and list your practice as a specialist to support parents discover the right myopia management solution for their children, please reach out to our team through the link below and we will be in contact with you directly.