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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

    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 2020

    Presbyopic correction use and its impact on quality of vision symptoms

    Sivardeen, A., Mcalinden, C. & Wolffsohn, J. S., 1 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Optometry. 13, 1, p. 29-34 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access

    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., Dec 2019, In : Contact Lens and Anterior Eye. 42, 6, p. 666-669 4 p.

    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 Disease and Refractive Corrections

    Madrid-Costa, D., Wolffsohn, J. S., Ruiz-Alcocer, J. & De Gracia, P., 6 Dec 2019, In : Journal of Ophthalmology. 2019, 2058618.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Open Access


    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

    Visioncare Research Limited

    James Wolffsohn (Visiting researcher)
    2011 → …

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    Myopia Research

    James Wolffsohn (Participant)
    2011 → …

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

    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