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Principal Optometrists

In optometry, as with medicine and other healthcare professions, there are differing levels of ability and scope of practice depending on post-qualification training and qualifications. It is often not clear what any letters mean after a name, and so the different levels of expected competence can been simplified into 4 Levels.

Almost all optometrists who practice in community remain at entry-level qualification. This limits them to prescribing spectacles and detecting common eye problems. Our Principal Optometrists have developed their skills to better help patients, and are the only optometrists in South Gloucestershire who are qualified as Level 4 healthcare professionals and licensed as Independent Prescribers to issue medication. The recognised qualifications of all optometrists can be viewed at the website of the General Optical Council.

Training in medical clinics and higher qualifications give you peace of mind when you are told everything is healthy, or if there is a problem we can be trusted to detect it early and give you recommendations based on the latest evidence. Many eye conditions can be managed by ourselves and so avoid a visit to hospital, but when referral is necessary we can explain what may happen and talk through any choices of treatment.

Dr Michael Johnson

PhD FCOptom DipGlauc DipOrth DipTp(IP)

Independent Prescribing Optometrist - Level 4

Specialist qualifications

Dry eye & Ocular Surface PhD
Glaucoma DipGlauc
Binocular Vision DipOrth
Independent Prescribing DipTp(IP)

 Awards

FCOptom Fellowship of the College of Optometrists
Opticians Award Contribution to Education
Presidents Prize Highest overall mark in qualifying exams
Head of Dept. Prize Highest overall mark in degree

Dr Michael Johnson

PhD FCOptom DipGlauc DipOrth DipTp(IP)

Independent Prescribing Optometrist - Level 4

Specialist qualifications

Dry eye & Ocular Surface
PhD

Glaucoma
DipGlauc

Binocular Vision
DipOrth

Independent Prescribing
DipTp(IP)

Awards

FCOptom
Fellowship of the College of Optometrists

Opticians Award
Contribution to Education

Presidents Prize
Highest overall mark in qualifying exams

Head of Dept. Prize
Highest overall mark in degree

Michael completed his basic clinical training at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and was later awarded a doctorate by the University of Wales for his work in research. He is the youngest ever recipient of a Fellowship of the College of Optometrists, which is their highest qualification, as an acknowledgement of accomplishments and commitment to the profession.

For many years he was responsible for managing complex optical and medical eye problems in the optometry department and medical clinics at Bristol Eye Hospital. He has previously led university Master’s degree courses for national and international students, and worked as an advisor overseeing government-funded education and training for all UK registered optometrists. Michael has published widely in educational and scientific journals, and is regularly invited to present at conferences.

At university, Michael was the athletics captain, and competed at an international level as a runner until his mid-30s.

Mrs Hayley Johnson (nèe Furze)

BSc MCOptom DipCLP DipGlauc DipTp(IP)

Independent Prescribing Optometrist - Level 4

Specialist qualifications

Advanced Contact Lenses DipCLP
Glaucoma DipGlauc
Independent Prescribing DipTp(IP)
   

Awards

MCOptom Member of the College of Optometrists
   
   
   

Mrs Hayley Johnson
(nèe Furze)

BSc MCOptom DipCLP DipGlauc DipTp(IP)

Independent Prescribing Optometrist - Level 4

Specialist qualifications

Advanced Contact Lense
DipCLP

Glaucoma
DipGlauc

Independent Prescribing
DipTp(IP)

Awards

MCOptom
Member of the College of Optometrists

 

 

 

 

 

Hayley was previously the resident optometrist in the Cardiff University Eye Clinic where hundreds of undergraduate students benefited from her expertise and encouragement.

She helped to develop the evidential support, training and assessment methods for the widely acclaimed Welsh Low Vision Service. This provides a community service that was traditionally undertaken within hospitals. It has proven to be effective, cost-efficient, and is preferred by users who appreciate the convenience and reduction in appointment delays.

Hayley developed her specialist clinical skills working alongside ophthalmologists at Bristol Eye Hospital. She is qualified as an Independent Prescriber, which allows her to prescribe medicines to treat eye disease.

Outside of work Hayley enjoys running and long walks, in part because it makes the cake at the end of the day taste so much better. She also loves to bake and play the piano.

 

 

Get in Touch

Telephone: (01454) 411760
Website: johnsonandfurze.co.uk

7 Chapel Street, Thornbury, BS35 2BJ

Opening hours

Monday - Wednesday 8:45 - 5:30
Thursday 8:45 - 7.00
Friday 8:45 - 5:30
Saturday 9.00 - 4.00