James Wolffsohn, BSc(Hons) PgCertHE PgDipAdvClinOptom MBA PhD PFHEA FSB FAAO FCOptom FIACLE FBCLA



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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


    Award Date: 1 Dec 1999



    Award Date: 1 Jul 1997

    External positions

    Associate Editor

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    Visiting Professor

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    Associate Editor

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    Adjunct Professor, University of Houston

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    Editorial Board Member

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    Academic and Conference Chair

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


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