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Tim Bowden FADO (Hons) C.L., FFDO, FBCLA. Tim was a contact lens optician who has specialised in contact lens fitting and after-care for over 30 years, having started in optics over 40 years ago. Until recently he was a visiting lecturer in the contact lens department of City and Islington College in London and is still a contact lens examiner for the Association of British Dispensing Opticians.<br />
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The British Contact Lens Association has paid tribute to one of optometry’s leading figures, Tim Bowden, who died suddenly this week at the age of 65.<br />
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‘Tim was a contact lens optician who started in optics more than 40 years ago. He first became interested in contact lenses when a friend co-opted his astigmatic eyes as a contact lens case study. He has worn a variety of different types of lenses and specialised in contact lens fitting ever since.<br />
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‘It is believed Tim died of a heart attack while training for this weekend’s 100-mile Ride London cycling event, where he was due to be raising money for Vision Aid Overseas – helping to bring eye care services and low cost spectacles to remote and isolated communities in Africa.<br />
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‘Tim wrote a book, titled ‘Contact Lenses: The Story’, and the research for the book spawned the Contact Lens Collection at the BOA Museum in London, co-founded with Andrew Gasson, which is the only actively administered specialist contact lens collection open to the public in the world.<br />
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‘The book, which was researched exhaustively and resulted in Tim undertaking 47,000 miles of air travel, 12,000 miles by car and 227 personal interviews, also spawned a project to erect commemorative plaques to honour contact lens pioneers both in the UK and elsewhere.<br />
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He leaves behind wife Lis and their two sons, Ben and Chris.