Gareth Hardcastle BSc(Hons)MCOptom DipGlauc
Gareth graduated from Cardiff University in 2002 with an honours degree, going on to receive an award from the College of Optometrists for the highest mark achieved in the professional qualifying exams for contact lens clinical skills.
With a passion for Optometry and his work, Gareth has continued to add to his qualifications, gaining additional qualifications in glaucoma detection and management, and completing the Moorefield’s Eye Hospital advanced contact lens practice course. He is currently undertaking studies to gain additional prescribing rights.
He considers himself fortunate for the last ten years to be given the opportunity to work in both Princess Royal Hospital and Royal Shrewsbury Hospital under Corneal Consultant Ophthalmologist Mr E Craig, and Paediatric Ophthalmologist Mr P Haigh, and feels that the clinical skills gained from being in the hospital setting enhance his work in the community.
Gareth sits on the Shropshire Local Optical Committee and is a Director for the not for profit, Staffordshire and Shropshire Primary Eyecare Company (SASPEC). His role is to help Independent Optometry practices to deliver enhanced services across both counties.
Gareth enjoys running and adventure racing and tries to fit this around a busy family life with three children. In February 2019 Gareth finished second in the Yukon Arctic Ultra - a non stop 300 mile foot race through the Yukon with temperatures reaching -38 degrees Celsius.
However, his wife Jenny keeps his feet firmly on the ground by always referring to this event as "just a long walk in the snow!"