Ruth has over 42 years experience in Optometry with half of this specialising in the Behavioural side, working with Dyslexia and Brain Injury.
Ruth is s member of British Association of Behavioural Optometrists, Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation Association (based in USA), Australian College of Behavioural Optometry and OEP.
With 80% of Brain input passing through the eyes, it is vision that guides and directs us through life, affecting posture, balance and space. She attends overseas conferences and gives presentations to Solicitors, Case Managers and other linked professions.
Ruth has been collecting and recycling discarded spectacles for 27 years with the help of York Ainsty Rotary and has already been to various parts of Africa to run eye clinics to give away the sort, graded spectacles. Her 15th trip is due in January 2019. In her spare time she has three small grandchildren nearby and supports the work of Riding Lights Theatre Company by hosting their actors while in York.
Education Consultant and Vision Therapist
Fiona Healey PGCE
Fiona Healey is a passionate and committed Special Needs teacher. She came in to the practice in September 2017 as the mother of a 5 year old, and went out as an employee! She has experience with students both dyslexic and autistic and was Deputy Head Teacher for a Special School in Singapore before earning Headship of a similar school in Shropshire. She has been awarded an MA for her Dyslexia studies and loves to plan, organise and deliver a bespoke programme. Fiona is able to offer an Access to Study service and is familiar with school demands and legal requirements. She can support both staff and students.
Colin Perrott BSC
Colin Perrott BSc is the Company Secretary and markets the wife for a living! He supports Ruth in everything she does and runs the business from accounts to DIY and computer maintainance.His history includes a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and run his own software training company before joining the team at VisionCare Optometry. Active within York Ainsty Rotary being Immediate Past President, and shares in the grandchildren and a father of 99 years.
Together Ruth and Colin own both VisionCare Optometry in York and Castleford and VisionCare Development based in the York premises.
Paula Burke FBDO
Ruth and Colin's daughter-in-law, Paula Burke (now Perrott), has been working with us since 2015. She brings with her excellent management and organisation skills. Paula handles the Brain Injury enquiries and can provide bespoke costings for your clients. Contact her on for our T’s and C’s or with any initial queries.
Mark Greaves FBDO
Mark takes control of finding the best frame and lens form for the spectacles. He is asked to do unusual things – ordering lenses that can move mountains! Fitting strips in the inner side of a pair of lenses to reduce the sensory overload of the vision system. Mark enjoys time in the kitchen creating new dishes, gardening and walking the dog.