Professor Bruce Evans honoured with AOP Lifetime Achievement Award

The prestigious AOP award was presented to the optometrist at a celebratory event on 26 February alongside three other categories

Clinical optometrist, Professor Bruce Evans has been recognised with a prestigious national award.

With a career spanning more than three decades, the prominent researcher and author has been announced the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Association of Optometrists (AOP).

The author of the third to sixth editions of Pickwell’s Binocular Vision Anomalies, Professor Evans, has written more than 260 publications, including eight editions of textbooks.

Reflecting on receiving the award, Professor Evans said: “It is a real surprise, a huge honour, and a slight sense of impostor syndrome, because I know lots of people in the profession who I think deserve it much more than me.

“[I have] a huge sense of gratitude, because it is really a reflection of the teams that I’ve worked with and of the people that have inspired me…my parents but equally, my wife is an outstanding optometrist, who specialises in electrophysiology of vision. We’re lucky enough to have two grown-up children, both involved in vision science or optometry, who are equally inspiring”. 

As a visiting professor to City, University of London and London South Bank University Professor Evans has also delivered over 300 invited lectures alongside his role of Director of research at the Institute of Optometry.

On presenting the accolade, Dr Little said she was delighted to be giving this special award to “someone who has demonstrated extraordinary dedication and commitment across his career – making such a far-reaching impact on optometry, and I’m sure there is more to come!”

Recognising excellence across different corners of the profession, the AOP announced winners in three additional categorise for research, sustainability and community-led care at its Excellence in eye care evening reception.

Simon Berry received the Recognising sustainable excellence award, commending his outstanding work to champion sustainable initiatives and reach net-zero targets. Commenting on the accolade, Mr Berry said: “It was a complete surprise. The award means that people care about the issues and recognise it. It is a lovely award to be recognised for”.

The reception took place alongside leading trade and education event 100% Optical aboard the Sunborn Yacht, London on Sunday 26 February. It was supported by headline sponsor, CooperVision alongside Specsavers and Lloyd & Whyte.&/p>

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For more information, please contact Serena Box, PR and Media Manager, at the Association of Optometrists, [email protected] or telephone 020 7549 2040.


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Notes to Editors

Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is the leading representative membership organisation for optometrists in the UK. We support over 80% of practising optometrists, to fulfil their professional roles to protect the nation’s eye health. For more information, visit

About the Lifetime Achievement award

The AOP’s Lifetime Achievement accolade recognises a person who has dedicated their career to promoting and expanding the role of optics. The recipient of the award is selected by the AOP’s Chairman of the Board, Dr Julie-Anne Little, and AOP Chief Executive, Adam Sampson.

Excellence in eye care - category sponsors

  • Lifetime Achievement Award – headline sponsors CooperVision
  • Recognising research excellence – Lloyd & Whyte
  • Recognising excellence in community-led care – Specsavers