Macular Disease Foundation Australia and the broader eye health community is saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Richard Grills, a valued Board member, advocate, and friend. Richard joined the MDFA board in 2013 and has had a lifelong commitment to those with low vision.
Richard was 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 & dispensing optician specialising in visual handicap, and conducted low vision clinics throughout NSW at hospitals and ophthalmic practices.
Since 1974, Richard had been a lecturer in ophthalmic optics at Sydney University (Masters in Vision Science) and also taught at UTS (Orthoptics) and Notre Dame University (Ophthalmic nurses). Richard was a longstanding Director of the Optical Distributors & Manufacturers Association (ODMA) and the Genetic Eye Foundation, and a member of the visiting advisory board at both UNSW Optometry School and UTS Orthoptic School.
MDFA wishes to take this opportunity to recognise Richard’s many years of service to our organisation and to those we represent. Our sincerest condolences to Richard’s family and loved ones.