Achievements of new and established researchers were recognised by the College of Optometrists at its diploma ceremony at Central Hall Westminster in London on November 15.

There were 11 College Research Excellence Awards presented at this year’s ceremony, which was held for the first time since 2019 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Professor Bernard Gilmartin was awarded the President’s Research Medal, which was the College’s most prestigious award, in recognition of his career-long contribution to the understanding of the aetiology, progression and management of myopia, together with his pioneering work to establish optometry as an evidence-based profession.

Professor Leon Davies, president of the College of Optometrists, said: ‘The College’s Research Excellence Awards recognise the outstanding, often ground-breaking, work of talented and committed individuals working in the fields of optometry, optics and vision science and we hope that their achievements will encourage others to follow in their footsteps for the benefit of their careers, their profession and their patients.’