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I am a qualified optometrist, and a Life Fellow of the College of Optometrists

I hold a Research Passport and am an Honorary Consultant Optometrist with the Manchester University NHS Trust

I was a member of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Panel on Vision and Driving from 2004-2014.

I was Editor-in-Chief of Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics from 1999-2010, and I am Associate Editor of Translational Vision Science and Technology from 2018.

I am currently a member of the Grant Assesment Panel for "Fight for Sight".

I am Director of Research of the Euroean Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation (ESLRR)


Research interests

My major interest is in low vision, which is the uncorrectable visual impairment which results when eye disease cannot be treated by medical or surgical methods, and in particular the effectiveness of rehabilitation in low vision.

Current/recent interests/project include:

  • The effectiveness of training to use mobile electronic devices in visual impairment
  • Fatigue effects in reading
  • Measuring the clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness of different service delivery models for low vision care
  • The use of portable electronic aids for near activities in visual impairment
  • Visual and optomertric characteristics in autism
  • Falls and accidents in individuals with glaucoma


My major interest is in low vision, which is the uncorrectable visual impairment which results when eye disease cannot be treated by medical or surgical methods. These include poor visual acuity (inability to see fine detail) and the loss of visual field (vision obscured in the centre, or in the periphery, by a missing area of the visual field). In particular I am interested in the different ways in which these individuals can be helped in their everyday life. I investigate the characteristics of the different tasks which they find difficult, such as reading, driving, and following conversations; in the optical and electronic aids which can be used to help; in different exercises and training programmes which can be used; in the psychological consequences and whether individuals can be taught how to cope with their impairment.


I am particularly interested in "personal and professional development" for students in a healthcare discipline. I developed a 3-year series of Blackboard units to support this for Optometry students.

I also teach on modules in visual impairment, visual ergonomics, dispensing and emerging optometry.

I am the Lead for the undergraduate Masters programe, and Deputy Director of Teaching and Learning in the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Areas of expertise

  • RE Ophthalmology
  • low vision
  • visual impairment
  • rehabilitation


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