The aim of our research is to better understand the anatomy and physiology of the anterior eye, through and allowing the design and evaluation of enhanced devices.
Intraocular lenses; Cataract and Refractive Surgery; Contact Lenses; Dry Eye; Ocular Allergy; Ocular Biometry, Corneal Biomechanics and Ophthalmic Imaging and Technology
Our team has a broad range of skills and experience and comprises:
Academics: Prof James Wolffsohn; Dr Leon Davies; Dr Shehzad Naroo; Dr Amy Sheppard; Dr Janis Orr; Dr Mark Dunne; Dr Tom Drew; Dr Antonio Fratini and Dr Olivia Hunt
Ophthalmologists: Prof Sunil Shah (Midland Eye; Birmingham and Midlands Eye Centre), Mr Joseph Abbott (Birmingham Children’s Hospital), Mr Maged Nessim and Dr Sai Kolli (Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham)
Research Fellows: Dr Alec Kingsnorth; Dr Ben Coldrick; Dr Debbie Laughton; Dr Paramdeep Bilkhu; Dr Raquel Gil-Cazorla; Dr Emma Berrow; Dr Fabrizio Zeri
Research postgraduates: Madara Zvirgzdina; Said Karimzad; Maana Aujla; Laika Essa; Una Whitcomb; Rubinder Panesar; Nguyen Damiano; Dr Wan Haslina Wan Abdul Halim; Dr Meena Basta; Neelam Patel; Parminder Randhawa; Richa Saigal
Master Engineer: Mr. Graham Davies
Visiting Researchers: Prof Martin Rubinstein; Prof Michel Guillon; Prof Christine Purslow; Prof Edward Mallen; Dr Graeme Young; Dr Lee Hall; Dr Heiko Pult; Kevin Blake
Our intraocular lens (IOL), cataract and refractive surgery research involves clinical trials (of accommodating, multifocal and violet and blue-blocking IOL designs and femtosecond laser); development of enhanced methodology to assess depth of focus, contrast sensitivity and dysphotopsia; use of advanced instrumentation to evaluate objective accommodation, ocular aberrations and measure ocular biometry, and the development of a validated questionnaire regarding the restoration of near visual function in presbyopic eyes.
Schmickler,S Palomino Bautista,C Goes,F Shah,S Wolffsohn,JS (2013) Clinical evaluation of a multifocal aspheric diffractive intraocular lens. British Journal of Ophthalmology. 97, 1560-1564.
The team's varied contact lens research activities include objective image analysis and grading of anterior eye features; unique non-invasive measurement of corneal oxygen consumption; thermographic and objective analysis of the tear film; clinical trials of monovision and multifocal designs; evaluation and development of novel materials and the impact on the tear film, and ocular surface.
Recent publications in the field of contact lenses include:
Dry Eyes and Ocular Allergy
The team is a partner in the European Union Horizon 2020 funded European Dry Eye Network (EDEN) involving the training of 10 postgraduate students, the development of new instrumentation, treatment evaluation and an in-vitro tissue model.
Recent publications in the field of dry eyes and ocular allergy include:
The team incorporates collaboration between mechanical, electrical and biomedical engineers as well as healthcare professionals. They have spun-out a business Aston EyeCare Ltd to commercialise their diagnostic systems, tablet and smartphone mobile app supported tests, portable instrumentation, software solutions and technical consultancy
Recent publications on instrumentation include: