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Vale Richard Grills

Richard Grills has passed away, just days after his 79th birthday, on 12 July.

Mr Grills was highly regarded by professionals throughout the sector. For over 40 years, he trained many young ophthalmologists in optics, and he identified and brought a wide range of significant innovations in ophthalmic surgery to Australia.

Richard Grills with his son Brad and wife Faye at the RANZCO NSW Congress dinner.

Mr Grills founded Designs for Vision, he was a director of the Optical Distributors and Manufacturers Association (ODMA) having previously served as its Chair for 10 years, a director of the Genetic Eye Foundation from its inception, a director of the Macular Disease Foundation from its foundation and the Chair of the former Essilor Vision Foundation. He was also a member of the Visiting Advisory Board at both UNSW Optometry School and UTS Orthoptic School.

During an interview about his life’s work in 2018, Mr Grills told mivision that his extraordinary career was initially driven by his passion for surf and the need for glasses, and later by a desire to help people see and achieve quality of life.

In a statement Finola Carey, CEO of ODMA advised that Mr Grills had passed away suddenly at Kareena Private Hospital in Sydney, having battled respiratory issues for a number of years.

Ms Carey wrote, “Richard was first and foremost a family man and we extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Faye, son Brad and all the family.

“We do not know how we could ever possibly fill the void that he leaves in ODMA and the optical industry. We have lost a true champion of optics and an amazingly talented, humble, caring and creative human being.”

May he rest in peace.