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Clinical Affairs

Best in class clinical training, education and advice

Topcon is proud to provide ongoing one-to-one training and advice, of the highest professional standards.

The Clinical Affairs Team is committed to providing the best education and assistance to you, our customer. Only through teaching can we ensure all Topcon customers unlock the true potential of their investments and crucially, provide better patient care. As technology moves so quickly it is imperative that our team deliver only the highest level of training. These clinical support professionals are drawn from ophthalmic and optometric backgrounds and have unparalleled credentials and experience. 

Our Clinical Affairs Specialists 

Danielle Lee, Clinical Affairs Manager, UK & Ireland

Dani has recently taken on the management role of the Clinical Affairs team after joining Topcon a few years ago, and has become an expert in our products, especially the Topcon MYAH, for myopia management and dry eye.  Dani graduated with a degree in Medical Biochemistry from the University of Birmingham and before joining Topcon spent 7 years working in a number of roles across the Bristol Eye Hospital, primarily between the Imaging and Research departments.  Experienced in all aspects of ophthalmic imaging – including OCT, colour, infrared and autofluorescence photography, fluorescein and ICG angiography, OCT Angiography, Corneal topography, specular microscopy, handheld ERG & microperimetry as well as assisting in aseptic intravitreal procedures, checking visual acuity and intraocular pressure.  She also worked as a Clinical Trial Coordinator which involved the set-up, running, and maintenance of a variety of different Ophthalmic trials of different phases, as well as certifying as an Imager for a variety of studies, allowing her to capture/process images required for study outcome assessments, and put in to place training plans and protocols.  

Laura Pigula 

With 10 years of experience within the optical industry starting as a spectacle dispenser and then becoming an Ophthalmic Photographer in 2012, Laura has been able to experience ophthalmic imaging in so many different settings and using such a vast range of ophthalmic imaging equipment such as OCT, FFA/ICG, Fundus Photography, and Slit Lamp imaging for different patient pathology.  

Laura’s greatest achievement was working at Oxford Eye Hospital where she was part of the imaging research team and was relied upon by Prof MacLaren and C.K Patel to capture high-quality images for their study patients in trials for conditions such as ROP, Choroideremia and Retinitis Pigmentosa.  

Rachel Runcimen

Rachel fully qualified as an Optometrist in 2015, receiving her degree from Glasgow Caledonian University and worked in the community as a qualified Optometrist at the Duncan and Todd group before joining Topcon in May 2022, she brings with her extensive experience of a range of optical equipment, including OCTs, phoropters, fundus cameras, slit lamps and perimetry to diagnose and manage patients eye health on a daily basis. Rachel has also worked in various hospital shared care schemes, including glaucoma, post-operative cataract assessments and low vision.

Rachel gained her independent prescribing qualification in 2020 and continues to work as an IP Optometrist, enhancing her clinical skills and hands-on use of optical equipment, working with a diverse group of patients with various eye conditions.

Shail Patel BSc(Hons) MCOptom FBCLA

Shail was previously an Optometrist with over twenty years of extensive experience across the optical and ophthalmology industry.  He has a passion for driving change and innovation within the profession through initiating, shaping and leading concepts via expertise across diverse disciplines.  Shail has fulfilled a variety of national and global positions spanning across clinical practice, refractive surgery, professional services, education and commercial and professional marketing functions.  His recent roles have significantly contributed to the success, by challenging the status quo, embracing digital transformations, and influencing insight-driven strategies that have resulted in enhancing clinical education and commercial success.   Shail takes pleasure and is motivated by working with peers at all levels within the healthcare sector by supporting positive contributions to people’s lives daily.


To contact any of the members of the Clinical Affairs Team simply email [email protected]