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3 Queen Street

Ipswich, Suffolk

Tel: 01473 823755

Holly Coleman

holly coleman

Holly joined the Practice as a Pre-registration Optometrist in July 2014 after graduating from Aston university with a 2:1 degree in Optometry. Successfully completed the College of Optometrists Final Examinations October 2015 to become fully qualified. Her role includes eye examinations, contact lens fitting & aftercare, performing supplementary tests (eg visual fields, OCT scans and eye pressure) and checking/setting up spectacles prior to collection.

Registered with the General Optical Council; number 01-29194/Q79

Post Graduate Examination success Sept 2016

Holly has been successful in achieving the Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) post-graduate qualification (Part I and 2). This is a rigorous examination sat at the Royal College of General Practitioners in London. The examiners were looking for evidence that the theory behind these conditions is understood and this knowledge can be applied in a practical clinical setting.

This examination covered in an online examination and practical assessment the following conditions:

Macular Degeneration, Dry Eye, Flashes & Floaters, Sudden loss of vision, Red eye, Cornea & Corneal Foreign Bodies

VAO team I was working with Kaysha Johnas Ethiopian driver Me Tom and Alan

Holly returns from Africa

Optometrist Holly Coleman has just returned from two weeks providing eye care in Ethiopia during May 2017. The trip was with the charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) and in conjunction with Grarbet Tehadiso Mahber hospital. Clinics were held in Butajira, Ziway and surrounding rural communities. As well as examining eyes, Holly was providing support and training to local optometrists and ophthalmic nurses. With the help of translators she would screen for trachoma and other treatable diseases, as well as dispensing much needed spectacles when necessary. Holly’s trip was funded by the Practice and has made a significant contribution to help those with poor sight in Ethiopia. She was part of a team of five optometrists who together examined 772 patients and dispensed 488 pairs of spectacles.

Left: Holly's VAO team, from left to right, Kaysha, Johnas (Ethiopian driver), Holly, Tom and Alan.

VAO supplies predominantly new spectacles to patients although some pairs are recycled. Donated used spectacles are now sold by the charity to help support training and equipment to promote independence and sustainability of eye care in the future. The Practice will continue to collect used spectacles for VAO and so if you have any that are no longer required please do drop them off at 3 Queen Street.

 Images below:

Testing children in outreach to check whether spectacles necessary. Where necessary these can help with schooling and have huge a impact in future opportunities.

Room set up for eye examinations & initial screening carried out outside!

Transport used to outreach clinics

Queue on arrival at outreach clinic


During the screening process vision was measured outside

eye test room

team vehicle needed to reach some remote areas

Queue at the first outreach clinic