Dr Amy Sheppard PhD MCOptom FHEA

Dr A Sheppard

Lecturer in Optometry

Optometry EPD Framework Director

Member of the Optometry Teaching Programme
Email: A.Sheppard@aston.ac.uk

Address:   School of Life and Health Sciences
                Aston University

                B4 7ET, UK

Research Theme

Vision, Hearing and Language

Research Centre

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA)  

Centre for Research in Vision and Hearing(CRVH)

Career history

  • 2011-date: Lecturer in Optometry, Aston University
  • 2010-2011: Research Fellow (0.8 FTE) and Lecturer (0.2 FTE) in Optometry, Aston University 
  • 2007-2010: PhD Researcher, Aston University

Qualifications & education

  • 2013: FHEA, Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy
  • 2010: PhD in Optometry, Aston University
  • 2004: MCOptom, Membership of the College of Optometrists
  • 2004: General Optical Council registration
  • 2003: BSc (Hons) Optometry with First Class Honours, Aston University


  • Module leader: Investigative Ophthalmic Science (2013 onwards; DOptom/ DOphSc; OP4IOS)
  • Supervisor: Elective Studies (BSc Optometry; OP3ES1)
  • Accommodation and Presbyopia (DOptom/ DOphSc; OP4AAP)
  • Primary Optometric Examination (BSc Optometry; OP2POE)

Research interests and funding

  • Ocular accommodation and presbyopia
  • Intraocular lens (IOL) technology
  • Ocular biometry
  • Domiciliary eye care and quality of life

Current research projects have received funding from the UK College of Optometrists and the Central (LOC) Fund.

Refereed publications

(14) Sheppard, A. Learning styles and motives of students undertaking a United Kingdom professional doctorate. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice (In press).

(13) Wolffsohn, J, Jinabhai, A, Kingsnorth, A, Sheppard, A, Naroo, S, Shah, S, Buckhurst, P, Hall, L & Young, G. (2013)  Exploring the optimum step size for defocus curves. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Vol 39 pp 873-880.

(12) Sheppard, A, Shah, S, Bhatt, U, Bhogal, G & Wolffsohn, JS. (2013) Visual outcomes and subjective experience after bilateral implantation of a new diffractive trifocal intraocular lens. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Vol 39 pp 343-349.

(11) Sheppard, A, Wolffsohn, J, Bhatt, U, Hoffman, P, Scheider, A, Hutz, W & Shah, S (2013) Clinical outcomes following implantation of a new hydrophobic acrylic toric IOL during routine cataract surgery. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Vol 39 pp. 41-47

(10) Bhatt, U, Sheppard, A, Shah, S, Dua, H, Mihashi, T, Yamaguchi, T & Wolffsohn, J,S (2012) Design and validity of a miniaturized open-field aberrometer. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2012.08.052.

(9) Alderson, A, Davies, LN, Mallen, EAH & Sheppard, A (2012) A method for profiling biometric changes during disaccommodation. Optometry and Vision Science, vol 89, no. 5, pp. E738-E748.

(8) Shah, S, Sheppard, A, Castle, J, Baker, D, Buckhurst, P, Naroo, SA, Davies, LN & Wolffsohn, JS (2012) Refractive outcomes of laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy for myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism using a 213 nm wavelength solid-state laser Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, vol 38, no. 5, pp. 746-51.

(7) Wolffsohn, JS, Sheppard, A, Vakani, S & Davies, LN (2011) Accommodative amplitude required for sustained near work Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, vol 31, no. 5, pp. 480-486.

(6) Sheppard, A, Evans, CJ, Singh, KD, Wolffsohn, JS, Dunne, MCM & Davies, LN (2011) Three-dimensional magnetic resonance imaging of the phakic crystalline lens during accommodation. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, vol 52, no. 6, pp. 3689-3697.

(5) Sheppard, A & Davies, LN  (2011) The effect of ageing on in vivo human ciliary muscle morphology and contractility. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, vol 52, no. 3, pp. 1809-1816.

 (4) Sheppard, A & Davies, LN (2010) In vivo analysis of ciliary muscle morphologic changes with accommodation and axial ametropia Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, vol 51, no. 12, pp. 6882-6889.

(3) Sheppard, A, Bashir, A, Wolffsohn, JS & Davies, LN (2010)  Accommodating intraocular lenses: a review of design concepts, usage and assessment methods Clinical and Experimental Optometry, vol 93, no. 6, pp. 441-452.

(2) Sheppard, AL & Davies, LN (2010) Clinical evaluation of the Grand Seiko Auto Ref/Keratometer WAM-5500 Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, vol 30, no. 2, pp. 143-151.

(1) Sheppard, AL, Dunne, MCM, Wolffsohn, JSW & Davies, LN (2008) Theoretical evaluation of the cataract extraction-refraction-implantation techniques for intraocular lens power calculation Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, vol 28, no. 6, pp. 568-76.

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