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.
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.
‘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.
‘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.
‘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.
‘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.
He leaves behind wife Lis and their two sons, Ben and Chris.