Andrew Keirl, Senior Associate Lecturer

Andrew Keirl BOptom (Hons) MCOptom FBDO

Andrew’s carer in optics started way back in 1979 as a student Dispensing Optician with Dollond & Atchison.  Following qualification as a Dispensing Optician he worked as a practice manager from 1982 to1984 before being appointed Training Officer for Dollond and Aitchison.  In 1989, he was asked to join the then Anglia Higher Education College in Cambridge to instigate and develop courses in Ophthalmic Dispensing.  The new department went from strength-to-strength and now offers a wide range of programmes from Optometry to courses for Optometric Clinical Assistants.  During his last four years at APU he joined the Optometry programme as a part-time student while at the same time, retaining a full-time teaching and administrative role.  Andrew quailed as an Optometrist in 2003.  He currently works as an Optometrist, Dispensing Optician and Contact Lens Practitioner in his own independent practice in South East Cornwall.  He is a member of the Peninsula Optometrists Community Glaucoma shared-care scheme, secretary of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Optical Committee and has also worked as a Low Vision Practitioner at the Royal Eye Infirmary, Plymouth.  He has served on many of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) committees over the years including its Academic Committee and has lectured extensively in the UK on both pre-registration and continuing education and training (CET) courses.  In addition to UK activities Andrew has lectured and examined in several overseas countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Kenya, Germany, Ireland, Sweden and Zimbabwe.  Andrew has previously held the posts of External Examiner in Ophthalmic Dispensing at Bradford College, External Examiner for the Visual Sciences Department within School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston University and Subject Editor (Ophthalmic Lenses and Dispensing) for the CET Journal Optometry in Practice.

His current academic activities include:

  • ABDO Principal Ex
    aminer for Professional Conduct in Ophthalmic Dispensing
  • External Assessor for the ABDO College
  • ABDO Practical Examiner
  • Member of ABDOs Continuing Education Review Panel
  • Visiting lecturer in Optometry at Plymouth University

Andrew has written numerous CET articles for Dispensing Optics, Optician, Optometry Today and Optometry in Practice and has also contributed to the textbooks Supervision in Practice (DLL) and Paediatric Optometry (Butterworth-Heinemann).  He co-authored new text book entitled Clinical Optics and Refraction: A Guide for Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians and Contact Lens Opticians (Elsevier) which was published in September 2007.

In recent years Andrew has delivered CET lectures for the Professional Advancement Committee of Specsavers Opticians, Optometric Educators, Innovative Optical Training, Boots Opticians, Vision Express, Dorset Courses, Optometry 03, Optometry Tomorrow, various LOCs and the ABDO National CET day.  Andrew also acts as an Expert Witness and Performance Assessor for the General Optical Council and has provided medico-legal reports for the Medical Defence Union.


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