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Leon Davies

Professor of Optometry & Physiological Optics, Head of School, School of Optometry

    • United Kingdom


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    Professor Leon Davies is Head of the School of Optometry and Professor of Optometry & Physiological Optics. He has 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. Since 2016 he has serves as a Board Trustee of the College of Optometrists, was Chair of their Research Committee (2016-2020) and in February 2020, was elected Vice President.

    From 2010 to 2017 he was the Director of Research of the Optometry and Vision Science Research Group that undertakes world-leading ophthalmic research to advance significantly understanding of the development, use, preservation and restoration of ocular function in humans by research on clinical and applied matters relevant to optometry and ophthalmology. 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.

    Professor Davies 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 been invited to speak and present 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)


    • 2017 to date: Professor of Optometry & Physiological Optics, Aston University
    • 2016 to date: 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 


    • 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 Ophthalmic 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

    Contact Details


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


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