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Following a 1st class Optometry degree from Manchester, a pre-registration year at Moorfield’s Eye Hospital, London, a PhD at Cardiff University and a clinical/research fellowship at the University of Melbourne, Australia, Professor Wolffsohn was appointed by Aston University in 2000, where he was Head of Optometry 2004-9 and Deputy Executive Dean for Life and Health Sciences 2009-16, being awarded a personal Chair in 2007. He is now associate Pro-Vice Chancellor. James has published over 215 peer reviewed academic papers and given numerous international presentations. His main research areas are the development and evaluation of ophthalmic instrumentation, contact lenses, intraocular lenses and the tear film. He is the academic Chair of the British Contact Lens Association, having been a past president, was a harmoniser and sub-committee chair for TFOS DEWS II and joint-Chair of the International Myopia Institute reports.

Research Interests

Contact lenses; intraocular lenses; ophthalmic instrumentation; dry eye; ocular allergy

Teaching Activity


Second Year Undergraduate

  • Contact Lenses (Module Leader)

Third Year Undergraduate and Graduate Diploma in Optometry

  • Elective Studies (Supervisor) 

Ophthalmic Doctorate

  • Advanced Contact Lenses (Module Leader)


BEng / MEng

  • 3rd year research elective (Module Leader)
  • Leadership (Module Leader)

Administrative Roles

Subject Lead - Biomedical Engineering

Senior Management Team - Life and Health Sciences

Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor (research integrity remit)

Contact Details

email: j.s.w.wolffsohn@aston.ac.uk
tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4140
fax: +44 (0) 121 204 4048

Education/Academic qualification



Award Date: 1 Jul 2009

PG Cert


Award Date: 1 Jul 2001

PG Dip, The University of Melbourne; Parkville Victoria Australia


Award Date: 1 Dec 1999

PhD, UMIST, Manchester, UK


Award Date: 1 Jul 1997

External positions

Associate Editor, Optometry and Vision Science

2019 → …

Editorial Board Member, Russian Ophthalmological Journal

2019 → …

Associate Editor, Plos One

2018 → …

Visiting Professor, University of Sichuan, Medical School, Chendu, China

2017 → …

Associate Editor, BMJ Open Ophthalmology

2016 → …

Adjunct Professor, University of Houston

2015 → …

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Optometry

2008 → …

Editorial Board Member, Clinical and Experimental Optometry

2007 → …

Editorial Board Member, Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics


Editorial Board Member, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye

2003 → …

Academic and Conference Chair, British Contact Lens Association (BCLA)

2001 → …

Executive member, British & Irish University & College Contact Lens Educators (BUCCLE)

2000 → …


  • RE Ophthalmology
  • Optometry
  • Dry eye
  • Presbyopia
  • Contact lenses
  • Intraocular lenses
  • Ophthalmic instrumentation
  • Ophthalmic technology
  • Biomedical engineering


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