Andrew Keirl Opticians
Andrew Keirl is both an Optometrist and a Dispensing Optician and has been working in optics for longer than he cares to remember. His career actually started way back in 1979 as a student Dispensing Optician in Somerset and he often recalls the fact that his first job was to sweep the pavement outside the practice! Following qualification as a Dispensing Optician he worked as a practice manager before qualifying as an Optometrist. For many years Andrew was a Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge teaching optometry and ophthalmic dispensing to undergraduate students. Andrew is the proprietor of Andrew Keirl Opticians in Liskeard and is passionate about eyecare and is proud to be an independent Optician. Andrew’s practice is part of the Peninsula Optometrists Community Glaucoma shared-care scheme which provides convenient, local care to patients with stable glaucoma. He is secretary of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Optical Committee and has also worked as a Low Vision Practitioner at the Royal Eye Infirmary in Plymouth.
proud to be an independent Optician
Andrew has lectured and examined in many overseas countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Kenya, Germany, Ireland, Sweden and Zimbabwe. Andrew’s current posts include Principal Examiner for the Association of British Dispensing Opticians and Visiting lecturer in Optometry at Plymouth University. When he tells his students about his first job in optics they usually don’t believe him. Andrew has written numerous articles and papers for optical journals, a textbook and three educational DVDs for opticians. Andrew also acts as an Expert Witness and Performance Assessor for the General Optical Council and has provided medico-legal reports for the Medical Defence Union. Andrew is married, likes music, cooking (and eating), gardening and walking his two dogs. However, his passion is his work. “That’s why I get up in the morning” he says!
Tracy Radford is the practice manager and has been working in the practice for over twenty years. Tracy is a qualified Optometric Clinical Assistant and passed her examinations with an average mark of over 95%. As a result she is now more involved in the clinical aspects of the practice such as tonometry, visual field assessment and dispensing. She prides herself on the fact that she knows every patient by name. Tracy is a keen prize winning gardener and has a border collie called Murphy.