|Elaine Grisdale FBDO FAAO qualified as a dispensing optician in 1985. Between 1989 and 2001 she worked in France, where she was International Professional Relations Manager for Opticianry and Optometry at Essilor liaising with professional bodies, vision scientists and academic institutions worldwide. In 1998 she was instrumental in creating Varilux University, the first international training centre dedicated to presbyopia and the ageing eye.
Since 2007 she has been Head of Professional Services and International Development for the Association of British Dispensing Opticians helping to develop professional standards around the world.
She is a Liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometrists, a member of the Silmo Academy Scientific Committee in Paris and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the European Academy for Optometry and Optics. She is the Director of Development of the International Opticians’ Association.
Dr Rob Kloepfer, OD
|Dr. Kloepfer obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2008. He proceeded to work as an optometric assistant to gain a better understanding of the optometry profession. In 2013, Dr. Kloepfer graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry with his Doctor of Optometry degree.
Currently, Dr. Kloepfer works in rural and urban private practice clinics in Alberta, Canada.
Dr. Kloepfer is a Council member of the Alberta College of Optometrists, Secretary of the Calgary Society of Optometrists, and a member of the Alberta and Canadian Association of Optometrists. He also has a growing social media platform with Instagram (@eyedrkloepfer) focused on eye education.
|A l Lens is a Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT) who began his ophthalmic career in 1986. Al presents/instructs at numerous education events across North America, including conventions for Opticians, Optometric Assistants, Optometrists and Ophthalmic Medical Personnel. Al was also a keynote speaker at King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital in Saudi Arabia.
Al Lens is an author/co-author of published optical books (SLACK, Inc.), including LASIK for Technicians, Optics, Retinoscopy and Refractometry (1st and 2nd editions), Ocular Anatomy & Physiology (1st and 2nd editions), and Cataracts and Glaucoma. Al is currently employed at three (3) ophthalmology clinics (general practice and Laser refractive surgery) and has developed training programs for large ophthalmology practices.