Nick Howard qualified as a contact lens optician in 1984, worked as a practice manager in a flagship store in central Manchester before becoming a regional manager for a national multiple. Taking one of the pioneering franchises in 1989 and utilising this experience, he set up own private practice from scratch in 1994.
He was formerly a practice academy consultant for Ciba Vision, professional affairs consultant for Johnson & Johnson, clinical support manager for No7 Contact Lenses, and professional relations consultant for Bausch & Lomb. Nick is also the author of a number of articles published in Dispensing Optics, Optometry Today and Optician journals. He was named as a finalist in AOP Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year award and was the winner of Optician awards Contact Lens Optician of the Year in 2012. In the same year, Nick was awarded fellowship of the BCLA and is currently a BCLA faculty speaker and was appointed as a BCLA council member in June 2018. Now working in three Lancashire hospitals and two independent practices, his particular interests include an extensive range of specialty, complex contact lenses, dry eye management, myopia control, and orthokeratology