AN optometrist based in Sleaford has been nominated for a national award after exceptional praise for his work.
Tushar Majithia, optometrist at Lunettes in the town, is in the running to be named Optometrist of the Year as part of the Macular Disease Society 25th Anniversary Awards for Excellence.
The nomination recognises his hard work in providing advice and information to patients affected by macular disease.
Age-related macular degeneration affects the central vision and is the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK. There are many other forms of macular disease, including juvenile macular dystrophies.
Excellence in service, information and equipment provision for people affected by macular disease are all mentioned in Mr Majithia’s nomination.
He said: “It was obviously a bit of a surprise to find out I’d been nominated for this award, but I feel very honoured.
“I have a very varied role, but particularly enjoy the low vision work. It’s very rewarding to help people who have no other options available to them in terms of vision correction.
“Most people don’t realise the depth of the service offered by optometrists and think it’s just about getting a new pair of glasses or contact lenses. We play an important role in disease diagnosis and prevention, as well as offering advice on eye health, rehabilitation and low vision aids.”
Mr Majithia’s nomination will now be handed over to the judges, who will decide on the overall winners and present them with their awards at the society’s annual London conference on September 22.
Helen Jackman, chief executive of the Macular Disease Society, said: “It is clear from his nomination that Tushar Majithia works hard to improve the lives of people affected by macular disease, with excellence in advice and information. We are extremely grateful for his efforts in Sleaford.”
The Macular Disease Society was set up 25 years ago to support people with the condition, offering information, advice and funding research to find a cure. The charity’s annual awards are designed to recognise the work of everyone who helps the society fulfil its goal, of building the confidence and independence of people with macular disease. For information, advice and support about macular disease, contact the society’s helpline on 0845 2412041 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.