OPTIC (UK) is sad to announce the recent death of Michael Ham a key player in OPTIC (UK)’s formation and early years
Mike was a most prominent and influential figure within the industry. He was the highly regarded and respected Sales Director for Keeler Ltd from 1962 until retirement in 1997. With his razor sharp mind and ready wit he was an inspiration and guide to those that worked with him, many have subsequently enjoyed their own successful careers in the Ophthalmic industry.
"OPTIC (UK) was established in 1983 and Michael played a leading role in its formation and setting of its objectives. He was appointed as Chairman during the formative years in 1986 laying the firm foundations and principles on which the association has built."
Michael Bench - previous Chairman OPTIC (UK)
"Mike was one of the most inspirational people in Optics and he was a true leader! I will always be in his debt for the guidance he gave me in my early years in optics. His influence in my career will never be forgotten."
Andy Yorke - HonFCOptom, Managing Director Topcon
"Occasionally in life one is lucky enough to meet people who end up shaping you’re your life. Mike was one such person. On the surface larger than life; no nonsense sort of guy who always exuded confidence & always drew out the best in others. He was a kind, inspirational guy who I feel honoured to have known and spent hundreds of hours with. Sleep well Mike. Tone."
Tony Ellison – previous Vice Chairman OPTIC (UK)
"Mike was a real inspiration for me hence why I joined the OPTIC(UK) Council. Even from the early years (80’s) and I was typing their minutes, it was clear to me that this group were pioneers of their time and were going to make a huge difference to the industry with all of their support and passion for Ophthalmology."
Laura Haverley – Head of UK Sales Keeler – Current OPTIC (UK) Council Member.
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Annual Congress
2021 ACC Liverpool 24th - 27th May
2022 SEC Glasgow 23rd - 26th May
2023 ICC Birmingham 22nd - 25th May
2024 ICC Belfast 20th - 23th May
Scottish Ophthalmological Club (SOC) Spring 2021
Marrott Hotel, Glasgow, Friday 26th February
South Western Ophthalmological Society (SWOS)
SWOS November meeting is to be confirmed.