Lavinia graduated from Brunel University in 1999 as a Medical Biochemist and joined Moorfields Eye Hospital, Institute of Ophthalmology, where her research into “Angiogenesis and Drug Resistance in Uveal Melanoma” resulted in the publication of two papers. She then graduated as an Optometrist from City University in 2002. Soon after, she was awarded the ‘Stephen Dawson prize for Clinical Excellence’ from the Institute of Optometry, London. She achieved membership to the College of Optometrists in 2003. She is also a member of the General Optical Council and the Association of Optometrists. As well as being in practice, Lavinia also lectures and teaches at the Institute of Optometry and City University.