Former council and board member of the Association of Optometrists, Vivian Bush, has been made an honorary member after first joining in 1985 for his longstanding commitment.

Bush said it had been deeply satisfying playing a role in shaping the AOP and was proud of what had been achieved.

‘Most recently, the pandemic provided a severe test of organisational resilience. We were able to look after the membership in terms of providing an outstanding level of support and education whilst, helping them through a difficult time when their incomes were uncertain.

‘I am deeply grateful to the AOP for the friends it has brought me, and the lessons learned over many years. To be awarded honorary membership is humbling, and I can only thank the membership for this recognition. I am glad to have been able to make a difference,’ Bush commented.