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prize, and I hope that at some point in the future the innovation becomes commercially viable, as it would be brilliant to see my idea realised”. Asked what prompted him to enter the competition he confided "I've always had a passion for optometry and in particular new developments in optical technology - it's why my practice invests heavily in the latest technology. I had a 'light-bulb moment' one day and couldn't get the idea out of my mind." he continued, "so I saw the competition advertised in the trade press and seized upon the opportunity to develop the idea."

The team at Parley Optometrists are well known for their commitment to patient care and for their ‘state of the art’ examinations so it didn't surprise them that the boss had suddenly taken on the role of inventor. Receptionist, Kay Askin said: "we all know Rob by now and he is always looking for the latest exciting innovations so when he decided to invent his own, we supported him all the way. I don't think any of us thought he would actually win a national competition and have his idea considered by an international company"

Parley Optometrists were one of the first Opticians in the UK to utilise techniques like Optical Coherence Tomography (or OCT), a 3D scanner that allows in-depth investigation of the eyes, which even now is not found routinely at many other practices. They’ve also won the national award 'Technology practice of the Year' and continue to be be short-listed annually which is

testamant To Rob’s passion for innovation. It's surely only a matter of time he make national headlines again. Let's hope it's for another great British Invention!

An early ‘test’ example of the invention proved to Rob it could work

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