After registration Dr Eperjesi continued for two years as a staff optometrist at the Birmingham and Midland Eye Hospital, with overall responsibility for the Low Vision Clinic. He then worked on a sessional basis for several organisations: the Institute of Optometry, London, in the Specific Learning Difficulties (1993 to 1995); the Carnegie Institute of Child Welfare, Birmingham working in co-operation with orthoptists in paediatric primary care clinics (1993 to 1997); Birmingham Focus on Blindness, Low Vision Centre. He has also been a senior partner in a Birmingham based learning development and migraine clinic, which conducted detailed binocular vision and colorimetry assessments (1995 to 1998).
Dr Eperjesi has been an examiner for the College of Optometrists since 1996 and examines in Binocular Vision, Management of Partial Sight, Investigative Techniques, Routine Examination and Ocular Disease and Abnormality. He gained Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO) in 1997 and a College of Optometrists diploma in orthoptics (DipOrth) in 2003. He was invited to join the editorial advisory board of the Optician journal, one of Britain’s leading clinical optometry publications, in 1996 and regularly reviews manuscripts for the academic journals Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, Optometry and Vision Science and Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science. He is also a founder member of Optometric Educators Ltd. one of the foremost continuing education and training providers in the field of Optometry. He regularly lectures on paediatric and geriatric optometry as well as advanced clinical techniques of ocular examination and the effects of nutrition on vision, on a national and international basis and has taught in USA, Ghana, Eire, Spain, Portugal and Germany. He is Chairman of the Birmingham Local Optometric Committee, and advises the Birmingham Strategic Services Agency on Optometric Academic Affairs.
His teaching duties include being module leader for Optical Instrumentation and lecturing on geriatric optometry and the effects of nutrition on ocular function.
Dr Eperjesi is currently working on several research projects including:
- Contrast sensitivity in low vision measured with the Melbourne Edge test (completed and published 2004)
- Colour vision discrimination in low vision (completed and writing up).
- A randomised controlled trial investigating the effects of new nutritional supplement on visual function in age-related macular disease (http://www.aston.ac.uk/lhs/research/nri/opo/amd/index.html) (in progress)
- Audit of a community based low vision service (in progress).
- Validation of a new letter and word acuity card for use in low vision assessment (in progress)
- Spectral analysis of light output from LED illuminated magnifiers (completed and writing up)
The following studies are in the planning stage:
The effects of precision tinted lenses (designed for learning underachievers) on eye movements.
- Enhancing visual rehabilitation to optimise quality-of-life in people with sight loss.
Any prospective PhD research students who are interested in these areas should contact Dr Eperjesi directly.