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Dr Caroline Burnett Hodd, Nigel’s daughter, joined the practice in 2009, making her the fourth generation of Hodd optometrists.
Caroline graduated from City University with a First in Optometry, winning three third-year prizes. She subsequently trained in London, Croydon and Sidcup before specialising in contact lenses at Devonshire Street. Previously, she obtained a first class degree and a PhD in Physics from the University of London and taught Maths and Science for three years in inner-London comprehensives before completing a Masters in Neuroscience (with Distinction) at Imperial College London.
During her Masters, while specialising in the neuroscience of vision, she realised that she had an interest in optometry and changed her career to follow in her father and grandfather’s footsteps. She is very proud to be another Hodd in optometry.
Before joining her father’s practice full-time, Caroline ran the contact lens services at Croydon University Hospital.
Caroline lectures both nationally and internationally and has written for the major optical journals. Her article on the future of RGP lenses was published in the College of Optometrists Journal.
In keeping with the Hodd family tradition she recently designed a mini-scleral contact lens for damaged eyes called Comfort 15. This is now available on several continents. She has been told that she is probably the first woman ever to design a contact lens.
Three years ago she started the Dry Eye Centre at the practice. The Dry Eye Centre was the first specialist centre for dry eyes in the UK, and continues to be at the forefront of Dry Eye diagnosis and treatment.