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James S Wolffsohn, a Professor of Optometry at Aston University since 2000, formerly Deputy Executive Dean for Life Sciences and then associate Pro-Vice Chancellor, is the Head of the School of Optometry. Prior to his appointment to Aston University, Professor Wolffsohn was a Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne in Australia. His main research areas are the development and evaluation of ophthalmic instrumentation, contact lenses, intraocular lenses, and the tear film. He is a National Teaching Fellow, has published more than 280 full peer-reviewed papers and presented at numerous international conferences. 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 was chair of the BCLA Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR). He is the International Myopia Institute’s Chief Scientific Officer and was joint-Chair of their white papers.

Research Interests

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

Teaching Activity


Second Year Undergraduate

  • Contact Lenses 

Third Year Undergraduate and Graduate Diploma in Optometry

  • Elective Studies (Supervisor) 

Ophthalmic Doctorate

  • Advanced Contact Lenses (Module Leader)


  • Ophthalmic Science (stream lead)
  • Leadership (Module leader)

Administrative Roles

Head of the School of Optometry

Head of Audiology

Senior Management Team - Health and Life Sciences

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, Cardiff University

Oct 1994Jun 1997

Award Date: 1 Jul 1997

BSc, UMIST, Manchester, UK

Oct 1990Jun 1993

Award Date: 1 Jul 1993

External positions

Associate Editor, Optometry and Vision Science

2019 → …

Editorial Board Member, Russian Ophthalmological Journal

2019 → …

Associate Editor, Plos One


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 → …

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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