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Aston clinician receives prestigious optometry award

Dr Beasley

22 November 2013 

An Aston clinician has received a prestigious optometry award for his analysis of the links between eye perception and stroke. 

Dr Ian Beasley (pictured right) was presented with the Philip Cole Prize for Practice-based Research at the College of Optometrists’ annual Diploma Ceremony at Central Hall, Westminster. 

The Prize recognises the excellent work that practice-based researchers contribute to the evidence base and pays tribute to Dr Beasley’s work on the possible link between pattern glare and stroke. 

Patients who are diagnosed with pattern glare are susceptible to perceptual distortions and discomfort from patterns – like those found on wallpaper, carpets and curtains. 

After extensive research, Dr Beasley concluded stroke patients are more prone to pattern glare than non-stroke patients.  

To receive an accolade as well-respected as The Philip Cole Prize is an honour and I’m very proud to accept it

Dr Beasley said: “To receive an accolade as well-respected as The Philip Cole Prize is an honour and I’m very proud to accept it. For the award to have been decided upon and then given to me by my fellow professionals in optometry makes it even better. 

“When I was completing my research into the association between elevated levels of pattern glare and stroke subjects and the differences in visual perception between stroke patients and non-stroke patients at Aston University I didn’t think it would be accorded this kind of recognition. I would like to thank all of the staff in the Life and Health Sciences department who worked so hard to help me in my work.”

Michael Bowen, Director of Research at the College of Optometrists, said: “One of the key aims of the College is to enable and support research into optometry and related fields, which will advance the profession and result in real public benefit. There is some amazing research taking place in University departments, hospital clinics and practices across the UK.  

“The College’s Research Excellence Awards allow us to shine a light on some of these projects, and recognise the hard work of some of the most talented individuals working in optometric research today.  

“Dr Beasley's work shows very clearly the value of clinicians having the knowledge and skills to be able to spot potential patterns in their clinical observations and to then follow this up with structured research.” 

Earlier this year, Dr Beasley became the first person in the UK to receive a professional Doctorate in Optometry after studying since 2008 at Aston University for it. 

He has now started a project as a part-time Research Fellow at the University alongside his current work as an optometrist in a private practice. He is also the Clinical Editor for Optometry Today.

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Dr Beasley's report is available to read here.

For further media information, please contact Jonathan Garbett, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4552 or j.garbett@aston.ac.uk