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Leon Davies is a Professor of Optometry & Physiological Optics and Vice President of The College of Optometrists. Holding a 1st Class BSc in Optometry and a PhD in Physiological Optics, Professor Davies is a registered optometrist with the General Optical Council (GOC), a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers, a Fellow of the College of Optometrists (FCOptom), a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). He is a past Clinical Editor of Optometry Today, and past Editor-in-Chief of the peer review journal Optometry in Practice (2018 to 2022). In 2022, he was appointed an Honorary Professor at the University of Bradford. In terms of quality assurance and assessment, he has served as an external examiner for taught undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Plymouth and Singapore. Leadership roles at Aston include Director of Research of the Optometry and Vision Science Research Group (2010-2017) and Head of the School of Optometry (2016-2021). He has served as a Board Trustee of the College of Optometrists (2016 to date), Chair of their Research Committee (2016-2020) and in February 2020, was elected Vice President.

Leon has over 60 publications and has been awarded over £2.5m of funding for his research from UKRI, the EU, charities and a number of multinational organisations. His research is focused on presbyopia and the restoration of ocular accommodation to the ageing eye. He has successfully supervised 14 PhDs/ professional doctorates, 10 PDRAs and has acted as an external examiner for PhD and professional doctorate theses in Australia, Hong Kong, Spain and the UK. He is a recipient of the College of Optometrists Research Fellowship Award, and was awarded the inaugural Neil Charman Medal for research excellence in optometry, optics and vision science.

Research Interests

  • Presbyopia
  • Ocular accommodation
  • Ocular biometry
  • Ophthalmic instrumentation
  • Intraocular lens (IOL) technology
  • Myopia

Teaching Activity

  • Module leader: Ageing Eye Management (DOptom/ DOphSc; OP4AEM)
  • Module leader: Basic Investigative Techniques (BSc Optometry; OP1BIT)
  • Lecturer: Further Investigative Techniques (BSc Optometry; OP2FIT)
  • Clinical supervisor: Clinical Practice (BSc Optometry; OP3CP3)
  • Supervisor: Elective Studies (BSc Optometry; OP3ES1)

Employment

  • 2017 to date: Professor of Optometry & Physiological Optics, Aston University
  • 2018 to 2022: Editor-in-Chief, Optometry in Practice
  • 2016-2021: Head of School, School of Optometry, Aston University
  • 2013-2017: Reader in Optometry & Physiological Optics, Aston University
  • 2009-2013: Senior Lecturer in Optometry, Aston University
  • 2007-2008: Clinical Editor, Optometry Today
  • 2005-2009: Lecturer in Optometry, Aston University 

Visiting Appointments

  • 2022 to date: Honorary Professor, University of Bradford
  • 2016-2018: Honorary Clinical Research Fellow, Birmingham Children’s Hospital
  • 2014-2018: Honorary Fellow in Ageing Eye Research, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
  • 2007-2010: Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, University of  Bradford
  • 2006-2007: Honorary Clinical Research Fellow, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital NHS Trust

Qualifications

  • 2015: SFHEA, Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2012: FCOptom, Fellowship of the College of Optometrists
  • 2008: FHEA, Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2008: PGCertHE, Aston University
  • 2005: FAAO, Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry
  • 2004: PhD in Physiological Optics, Aston University
  • 2001: MCOptom, Membership of the College of Optometrists
  • 2001: General Optical Council registration (01-18776)
  • 2000: BSc (Hons) Optometry with First Class Honours, Aston University

PhD Supervision

Edward Adkins, DOptom, 2022 to date, Evaluation of the effect of colour on ocular tracking movements during VDU use and its potential use in cases of visual stress (associate supervisor with A. Sheppard)

Ayah Ibrahim Ahmad Al-Rababah, PhD, 2020 to date, Investigation of the Impact of Ageing & Cataracts on Visual Motion Perception Across the Visual Field (associate supervisor with S. Strong)

Geraldine McBride, DOphSc, 2016-2021, The effect of age on binocular functions as measured by stereoacuity, fusion, ocular movements, and ocular alignment

Nicola Sabokbar, DOptom, 2016-2019, The validity and reliability of intraocular pressure measurement using rebound tonometry in children with ocular and systemic disease

Francesco Menduni, PhD, 2016-2019, Development of an in-vitro animal model to evaluate novel pharmaceutical approaches to DED management (associate supervisor with J. Wolffsohn)

Maria Vidal Rohr, PhD, 2016-2019, Environmental risk factors for dry eye disease (associate supervisor with J. Wolffsohn)

Ian Beasley, PhD, 2015-2021, The Effect of Peripheral Defocus on Axial Growth and Modulation of Refractive Error in Hyperopes (associate supervisor with N. Logan)

Chee Horng (Alex) Ong, DOptom, 2015-2018, Efficacy of multifocal soft contact lens on asthenopic orthophoric and esophoric myopes with lag of accommodation

Parminder Randawa, PhD, 2013-2016, Pharmacological and physiological manipulation of ocular accommodation

Dirk Booysen, DOptom, 2013-2016, Tonometry and biomechanics of the cornea in contact lens wear (associate supervisor with A. Sheppard)

Naomi Saigal, PhD, 2013-2016, The role of altered ciliary muscle morphology in refractive error and accommodative function (associate supervisor with A. Sheppard)

Deborah Laughton, PhD, 2012-2014, Optical and structural ocular changes during incipient presbyopia

Ben Coldrick, PhD, 2010-2013, Modelling the human accommodation system using finite element analysis (associate supervisor with G. Swadener)

Gurpreet (Preeti) Bhogal, PhD, 2009-2012, Requirement for and optimisation of premium intraocular lenses (associate supervisor with J. Wolffsohn)

Ian Beasley, DOptom, 2009-2012, Susceptibility to pattern glare and the effect of spectral filters on rate of reading and visual search in stroke patients

Sarah Smith, PhD, 2008-2012, Delivering optometric care in the UK (associate supervisor with S. Naroo & J. Wolffsohn)

Alison Alderson, PhD, 2007-2011, Structural and functional aspects of myopia in young adults (external supervisor with E. Mallen, University of Bradford)

Phillip Buckhurst, PhD, 2007-2011, Evaluation of modern intraocular lenses (associate supervisor with S. Naroo & J. Wolffsohn)

Amy Sheppard, PhD, 2007-2010, In vivo analysis of ocular morphological changes during phakic accommodation

George (Tony) Gibson, PhD, 2005-2008, Theoretical and empirical evaluation of phakic and pseudophakic accomodation

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External positions

External Examiner (Diploma Optometry), Singapore Polytechnic

20202024

Vice President, The College of Optometrists

20202022

External Examiner (BSc Optometry), Cardiff University

20182022

Editor-in-Chief, Optometry in Practice

20182022

External Examiner (BSc Optometry), University of the West of England

20182022

External Examiner (MSc Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science), Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, United Kingdom

20172021

Honorary Clinical Research Fellow, Birmingham Children's Hospital

20162018

External Examiner (BSc Optometry), Plymouth University, Plymouth University

20162020

Board Trustee, The College of Optomerists

2016 → …

Research Committee Chair, The College of Optometrists

20162020

Member of Council, The College of Optometrists

2015 → …

Editorial Board Member, BioMed Research International

20142017

Honorary Fellow in Ageing Eye Research, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

20142018

Clinical Editor, Optometry Today

20072008

Keywords

  • RE Ophthalmology
  • presbyopia
  • accommodation
  • physiological optics
  • intraocular lenses

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