Richard Grills is the previous Managing Director of Designs For Vision, a company which supplies ophthalmic and optometric products throughout Australasia. Prior to founding Designs For Vision in 1978, Richard was a clinical and dispensing optician specialising in visual handicap. He conducted low vision clinics throughout New South Wales at hospitals and ophthalmic practices.
Since 1974 Richard has been a lecturer in ophthalmic optics at Sydney University and also teaches at UTS (orthoptics) and Notre Dame University (ophthalmic nurses). Richard is a director of the Optical Distributors and Manufacturers Association (ODMA), a director of the Genetic Eye Foundation and the Chair of the Essilor Vision Foundation. He is a member of the visiting advisory board at both UNSW Optometry School and UTS Orthoptic School.