Elaine Grisdale was invited by the Yorkshire Optical Society to deliver the Owen Aves Memorial Lecture and to therefore be the 43rd recipient of the Owen Aves memorial medal. Elaine delivered a lecture entitled Taking Quality Vision Global.
In it, she looked at the progression of optometry and optics over the past 35 years from a personal perspective. The lecture highlighted the importance of continuous learning, professional development, teamwork, clinical trials, specialisation for the future and engagement with professional organisations. These points were made using her experience of working with “five inspirational men” whom she introduced the delegates. These included Bernard Maitenaz, the inventor of the first commercially viable progressive lens. This was fitting as he built on the work of Owen Aves who had held the first patent for a varifocal design, which was granted in 1907.
The prestigious Owen Aves Memorial Lecture has been given by speakers from a range of backgrounds who have made major contributions to the development of the optical professions. This annual event began in 1929, when Owen Aves’ early death, age 48, prevented him giving a lecture to the Society. Mr W. Green gave a lecture in his place, which he dedicated to Owen Aves and so started the tradition. Elaine’s lecture was the 43rd on the series.
Topic: Optical News