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Biography

Leon Davies is a Professor of Optometry & Physiological Optics with 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), 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 is currently Editor-in-Chief of the peer review journal Optometry in Practice. He was the Director of Research of the Optometry and Vision Science Research Group (2010-2017) and Head of the School of Optometry (2016-2021). Since 2016 he has served as a Board Trustee of the College of Optometrists, was Chair of their Research Committee (2016-2020) and in February 2020, was elected their Vice President.

Leon has over 50 publications and has been awarded over £2.5m of funding for his research from research councils, the EU, charities and a number of multinational industrial organisations. His research is focused on presbyopia and the restoration of ocular accommodation to the ageing eye. He has successfully supervised 15 PhDs/ professional doctorates, 7 PDRAs and has acted as an external examiner for PhD and professional doctorate theses in Australia, Spain and the UK. In recognition of his experience and expertise in the field of physiological optics he has presented at various international events and conferences. He is a recipient of the College of Optometrists Research Fellowship Award and the inaugural Neil Charman Medal for research excellence in optometry, optics and vision science.

Research Interests

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

Teaching Activity

  • Module leader: Accommodation and Presbyopia (DOptom/ DOphSc; OP4AAP)
  • Lecturer: Further Investigative Techniques (BSc Optometry; OP2FIT)
  • Clinical supervisor: Basic Investigative Techniques (BSc Optometry; OP1BIT)
  • Supervisor: Elective Studies (BSc Optometry; OP3ES1)

Employment

  • 2018 to date: Editor-in-Chief, Optometry in Practice
  • 2017 to date: Professor of Optometry & Physiological Optics, Aston University
  • 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
  • 2007-2010: Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, Bradford School of Optometry, University of  Bradford
  • 2007-2008: Clinical Editor, Optometry Today
  • 2006-2007: Honorary Clinical Research Fellow, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital NHS Trust
  • 2005-2009: Lecturer in Optometry, Aston University 

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

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External positions

Vice President, The College of Optometrists

20202022

External Examiner (BSc Optometry), Cardiff University

20182022

Editor-in-Chief

20182021

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

20182022

External Examiner (MSc Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science)

20172021

Honorary Clinical Research Fellow

20162018

External Examiner (BSc Optometry), Plymouth University

20162020

Board Trustee

2016 → …

Research Committee Chair

20162020

Member of Council

2015 → …

Editorial Board Member

20142017

Honorary Fellow in Ageing Eye Research, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

20142018

Clinical Editor

20072008

Keywords

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

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