The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers has opened the Bronze Medal competitions for 2021.  To be eligible, research papers must have been published in the period 1 September 2020 – 31 July 2021 and submissions must be received by 9am on Monday 2 August 2021.

The Ruskell Medal is a highly prestigious award for the best research paper in ophthalmology or vision science published during the qualifying period  by an individual working in the UK. The paper must make a significant contribution to the advancement of our understanding of vision and the prevention of unnecessary blindness. You can find all the details you need here: Call for Submissions Ruskell Medal 2021

The Master’s Medal is intended to encourage first-time publication by students taking higher degrees in any field of optics or people working at higher levels in practice or in industry, including product design. To qualify, papers must be by first-time authors and published in a peer-reviewed journal within the qualifying period. The work must have been supervised within a recognised UK institution.  To find out more about this year’s Master’s Medal competition, click here: The Master’s Medal 2021

  • Find out more about the 2021 awards here.

The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers is a Livery Company in the City of London and the oldest optical organisation in the world founded in 1629. It has launched a new charity this week, to coincide with World Sight Day.

As an Orthoptist you are entitled to become be part of this livery company. There are a few who have already accepted this honour. It involves becoming a freeman of the Spectacle Makers then you can become freeman of the City of London prior to becoming a Liveryman. The Spectacle Makers meet regularly for networking across the whole optical sector, have social and charitable activities. For further details please visit or, for informal discussion, please contact Liz Tomlin on