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I qualified as an Optometrist in 2009. In 2010, I went on to study an MSc in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision at The University of Manchester. On graduating I joined the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences at Cardiff University in 2012 to conduct my PhD research in paediatric optometry funded by The College of Optometrists. This led to a postdoctoral position in 2015 in the same university. During my time in Cardiff I continued with my clinical practice working as an Optometrist in the Special Assessment Clinic, where I provided eye care to children and adults with special needs.

In 2017, I joined Aston Optometry School as a Lecturer in Optometry, where I currently base my clinical work and my research.

My main research interests are visual development in children and in particular in children with special needs and eye care needs of children and adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. 


  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), 2018
  • PhD in Clinical Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University, 2015
  • MSc in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, The University of Manchester, 2011
  • Degree in Optics and Optometry, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya [Faculty of Optics and Optometry, Polytechnic University of Catalunya], Spain, 2009

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Feb 2012 – Present: Member of the College of Optometrists
  • Oct 2011 – Present: Member of the Association of Optometrists
  • December 2011 – Present: General Optical Council registration

Research Interests

  • Visual development in typical and atypical children
  •  Vision deficits in Down’s syndrome
  • Measuring and diagnosing eye movement and accommodative deficits in children
  • Eye care requirements of children with special needs

Teaching Activity

  • Further Investigative Techniques (2nd year BSc Optometry)
  • Binocular Vision and Paediatric Optometry (3rd year BSc Optometry)
  • Elective Studies (3rd year BSc Optometry)
  • Evidence-Based Clinical Research (4th Year MOptom)


  • 2017: Giles Van Colle Memorial Fundation - College of Optometrists Research Excellence Award
  • 2016: Best poster presentation award - 26th Meeting of the bristish Oculomotor Group
  • 2013: Highly commended poster presentation award - Optometry Tomorrow 2013

Funding Applications and Awards

  • 2019: Wesleyan Foundation Advised Donor Fund (Lead applicant)
  • 2018: Jerome Lejeune Foundation Project Grant (Lead applicant)
  • 2016: Cardiff Research Opportunities Programme (Lead applicant)
  • 2015: Action for Medical Research Project Grant (Co-applicant and research worker)
  • 2014: The College of Optometrists Summer Scholarship (Co-applicant)
  • 2013: College of Optometrists Travel Bursary
  • 2012: College of Optometrist Postgraduate Scholarship


  • 2017 – date: Lecturer in Optometry, Aston Optometry School, Life and Health Sciences, Aston University
  • 2015 – 2017: Research Associate and Specialist Optometrist in Paediatrics and Special Needs, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University
  • 2012 – 2015: Clinical Demonstrator and Locum Specialist Optometrist in Padiatrics and Special Needs, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University
  • 2009-2010: Resident Optometrist, Natural Optics Pallars, Tremp (Lleida), Spain
  • 2009: Professional Services, Ciba Vision, Barcelona, Spain

Contact Details

Phone:  +44 (0)121 204 4915
Email: v.vinuela-navarro@aston.ac.uk
Room number: VS123

External positions

Editorial Board Member

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