Cilla qualified as a dispensing optician in 1988 and has worked in high street practice with both well known multiple opticians and high-end independent opticians. After 23 years on the high street Cilla moved into the hospital eye service in Northampton General Hospital where she ran the low vision service. Cilla has also worked for Moorfields Eye Hospital London preparing patients for refractive corneal surgery and lenticular replacement surgery. She has run her own low vision private practice working with individual patients in their homes, and also in care homes, assessing needs and supplying aids where appropriate. She has owned the practice since August 2016.