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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



PG Cert


PG Dip




External positions

Associate Editor

2019 → …

Editorial Board Member

2019 → …

Associate Editor

2018 → …

Visiting Professor

2017 → …

Associate Editor

2016 → …

Adjunct Professor, University of Houston

2015 → …

Editorial Board Member

2008 → …

Editorial Board Member

2007 → …

Editorial Board Member


Editorial Board Member

2003 → …

Academic and Conference Chair

2001 → …

Executive member

2000 → …


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

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Research Output 2000 2019

Benefit of an electronic head‐mounted low vision aid

Crossland, M. D., Starke, S. D., Imielski, P., Wolffsohn, J. S. & Webster, A. R., 6 Nov 2019, In : Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics. 39, 6, p. 422-431 10 p., 12646.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Low Vision
Contrast Sensitivity
Image Enhancement
Visual Acuity

Best technique for upper lid eversion

Wolffsohn, J. S., Tahhan, M., Vidal-rohr, M., Hunt, O. A. & Bhogal-bhamra, G., 18 Jul 2019, In : Contact Lens and Anterior Eye.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Silicone Elastomers

Clinical and biochemical analysis of the ageing tear film

Mann, A., Campbell, D., Mirza, Z., Hunt, O., Wolffsohn, J. S. & Tighe, B. J., 11 May 2019, In : British Journal of Ophthalmology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Age Groups
Serum Albumin

Dry eye signs and symptoms in aromatase inhibitor treatment and the relationship with pain

Gibson, E., Stapleton, F., Dear, R., Wolffsohn, J. S. & Golebiowski, B., 24 Oct 2019, In : Ocular Surface.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Aromatase Inhibitors
Signs and Symptoms
Eye Pain
Pain Perception

Factors Influencing Pseudo-Accommodation—The Difference between Subjectively Reported Range of Clear Focus and Objectively Measured Accommodation Range

Dhallu, S., Sheppard, A. L., Drew, T. E., Mihashi, T., Zapata-Diaz, J. F., Radhakrishnan, H., Iskander, D. R. & Wolffsohn, J. S., 28 Jun 2019, In : Vision. 3, 3, 34.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Influencing factors


Accommodation and intraocular pressure

Author: Rai, G. K., Jan 2007

Supervisor: Gilmartin, B. (Supervisor) & Wolffsohn, J. S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Assessment of the oculomotor response in human factor environments

Author: Hunt, O. A., Apr 2004

Supervisor: Wolffsohn, J. S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Behavioural correlates of ocular accomodation and the autonomic nervous system

Author: Davies, L. N., 2004

Supervisor: Wolffsohn, J. S. (Supervisor) & Gilmartin, B. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Cataract, macular characteristics and assessing lens opacities

Author: Smith, M. R., 17 Apr 2014

Supervisor: Wolffsohn, J. S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisOphthalmic Doctorate


Contact lenses and sport

Author: Cardall, M., Mar 2008

Supervisor: Naroo, S. A. (Supervisor) & Wolffsohn, J. S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Activities 2003 2011

  • 5 Editorial activity
  • 2 Visiting an external academic institution
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Consultancy

Myopia Research

James Wolffsohn (Participant)
2011 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Visioncare Research Limited

James Wolffsohn (Visiting researcher)
2011 → …

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

External Advisor

James Wolffsohn (Advisor)
2011 → …

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

International University of Japan

James Wolffsohn (Visiting lecturer)
2011 → …

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

Journal of Optometry (Journal)

James Wolffsohn (Editorial board member)
2008 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity