Who’s Who

Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen

BSc (hons) MCOptom, DipTp (IP), Higher Cert CL, FBCLA

Contact Lens Specialist and Optometrist Independent Prescriber
Jonathan is a fellow of the British Contact Lens Association and member of the College of Optometrists, Association of Optometrists and the International Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Contol.

He graduated from Aston University in 1996 with an honours degree in Optometry and was awarded a first for his elective work in cortical function. He completed his clinical training at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Institute of Optometry and went on to complete higher exams in the fields of paediatric optometry, therapeutics and specialist contact lenses.

Jonathan has presented at international conferences, worked as a visiting lecturer in the children’s clinic at City University, taught several post-graduate students in private practice and acted as optometric consultant on film and television productions. He set up a diabetic retinal screening program with a group of South Camden Doctors and was a founder member of the Islington minor eye conditions scheme and the Camden cataract shared care scheme.

Jonathan first started working with Andrew Gasson in 2003. He founded The Kings Cross Eye Clinic in 2006 and took over ownership of Zack Contact Lenses in 2007, later merging the companies to form Zacks London Eye Clinic. Jonathan has been awarded numerous ‘Optician Awards’ for embracing the latest technology in his clinical work within the practices, though it was additional specialist work in the community, that culminated in the most prestigious award of ‘Optometrist of the Year’.

Andrew Gasson

DCLP, FCOptom, FAAO, ARPS  (Contact lens specialist)
Andrew Gasson qualified as an Optometrist in the 1960s and has specialised solely in contact lenses since about 1970. He started his own practice in 1972 and has been based in central London W1 since then.

Widely recognised as an industry expert, Andrew Gasson has lectured widely at both UK and international meetings, published numerous clinical papers and is the originator and co-author of The Contact Lens Manual.

Although semi-retired, Andrew is still available for clinical advice and occasional consultations.

Sharon Biddlecombe

Assoc CIPD (Practice manager and accounts)
Sharon has been in optics for over twenty years. She was originally employed in a suburban practice where she helped start up and run the contact lens department. She then worked with a Harley Street laser clinic for twelve months before joining Andrew Gasson in November 2001. Sharon is therefore fully knowledgeable about the various types of contact lenses now available, including complex designs such as bifocal and astigmatic. In addition, she looks after all aspects of our practice management.