In 1988 Bruce Evans became an associate at an independent optometric practice in Brentwood, Essex. This practice, Cole Martin Tregaskis Optometrists, is well established with a reputation for excellence, having been started by Dr Philip Cole who was founding president of the College of Optometrists. Professor Evans took over the practice in 1996. In 2019, two of his long-term colleagues at the practice, Claire O’Leary and Anita Shah, became co-directors and they bought Professor Evans’ remaining shares in 2022. Although Professor Evans is no longer a director, he is delighted to see the same high standards maintained at the practice and continues to work there one day a week. He does not take on any new patients, but recommends his colleagues whose special interests are explained at www.cmt-optometrists.co.uk.