Clare first became interested in optics as a child who needed to wear glasses herself, and was fascinated by how much clearer and more exciting the world looked each time she had a spectacle update!
This inspired Clare to seek a career in eye care, so she studied Optometry at City University, London, where she met fellow optics student Keith Holland. They married after both qualifying and went on to have four wonderful children, now all grown up. In 1989 Keith founded the UK's first optometry practice to specialise in how vision impacted on reading and learning. It started in the dining room of their Charlton Kings home but soon youngsters with dyslexic type difficulties were traveling from all over the country to the Holland's expanded, award winning practice in Cheltenham.
After Keith's untimely death in 2014, Clare has continued to specialise in this area of work - known as Behavioural Optometry - and in the fitting and aftercare of contact lenses for all ages.
Clare founded Clare Holland Eyecare in 2016 and currently offers private Behavioural Optometry Assessments in Oxford. She is also working on a freelance basis with Visioncare Optometry, York, and with Christopher Young Opticians, Somerset, where she can offer full scope optometry including contact lenses and retinal imaging.