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Position available

Prof Peter Allen and myself are currently recruiting a postdoctoral research fellow to work on an exciting project relating to vision and sport. We are looking for someone with a PhD in either vision or sport related areas, and further details of the position and how to apply are on the Anglia Ruskin University website. As background information, some of our preliminary work in this area might be of interest.


Eye health at risk?

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has suggested that increasing demand on hospital eye care services from long term conditions is putting peoples’ sight at risk. The College of Optometrists has noted that one way to try to reduce pressure on services is provision of community based services. In an interview about the situation local to Cambridge, I’ve tried to highlight how some of our current local community schemes (direct cataract referral, glaucoma referral refinement, monitoring of ocular hypertensives and minor eye conditions pathway) are helping to ease the pressure, whilst we can still do more in terms of community based low vision service provision.

New AOP Chairman

Many years ago, an already successful independent optometrist took a punt on employing a gawky 21 year old who didn’t interview very well as a new pre-reg. I learnt a huge amount about how to practise optometry and about myself that year. And while I might have fled back into academia at the first opportunity, thanks to what I learnt then I’m proud to still be working in independent optometric practice at least some of the time. I’m also very proud to find that my old boss, Kevin Thompson, has been announced as the new Chairman of the Association of Optometrists – he’s going to be great!

Road Safety and Eye Health working group

I was pleased to be invited to attend the Road Safety and Eye Health working group today to present the main findings of Maria’s project comparing performance on the number plate test with visual acuity tests. It was a pleasure to be able to contribute something of relevance to a group drawn from a wide range of backgrounds, but all with the aim of improving road safety through better eye health and visual checks.

New home

Welcome to the new home for this blog at The sites at and aren’t going to be maintained from now on, so here is the place to check out what research and the like is going on. Although this week, there has not been much research as I have mostly been marking…

PhD position still available

We have just readvertised for the College of Optometrists’ PhD scholarship position. If you’ve just passed your OSCEs and are considering your next move, or have been in pratice for a while and need a change or a new challenge, could this be for you? Closing date November 22nd for (ideally) a January 2014 start.

PhD scholarship – new application deadline

It’s a busy time of year, with OSCE’s and final assessments in full flow, and hopefully holidays to take, so the closing date for applications for our College funded PhD studentship has been extended to August 30th. This project is based at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and is supervised by Drs Kez Latham, Joy Myint and Michael Crossland. The aim of the project is to provide optometrists with evidence based advice on the best ways to assess and score peripheral functional field loss in patients with low vision, and to provide guidelines that relate visual field performance to likely difficulties in specific tasks.

The scholar should hold a first or upper second class degree, and be (or become) a member of the College of Optometrists. Tuition fees (UK and EU only) and a tax-exempt bursary of £13,726 per annum for 3 years are provided. While this may not sound like a large salary, no tax is payable on this sum and nor is tax payable on any additional income up to the value of your personal allowance, which makes this money go a lot further than is first apparent. There would be opportunities to supplement income with teaching within the Department for 6-8 hours per week, usually assisting in practical classes or supervising clinics. Most optometric postgraduate students also do some locum work. Ideally, the scholar would be in a position to start the project between September 2013 and January 2014.

If you’re interested, but have any questions regarding project, salary, expectations, start date or anything else, please feel free to get in touch. To make an application, the details can be found on the Anglia Ruskin website.


PhD post

Details of the College of Optometrists’ PhD studentship in visual fields and low vision are now also available through Anglia Ruskin University, and through Optometry Today. Do email me if you are interested in the post and would like more information.

PhD scholarship available

We have recently received funding from The College of Optometrists, and are now seeking applicants to take up this PhD scholarship with us. The project is titled ‘Functional visual field assessment in low vision’ and will be supervised by myself, Joy Myint, and Michael Crossland. Applicants should hold a first or upper second class degree, and be a member of (or able to join) The College of Optometrists. Interest in, and experience of, visual field assessment and low vision would also be advantageous. Further information is available here. Please contact me with any questions regarding the project, and do note the closing date of June 28th.


I’m very proud to have been awarded a Fellowship by Portfolio of the College of Optometrists, and can now use the affix FCOptom (pillar of the optometric community?) rather than the current MCOptom (enthusiastic young whippersnapper?).