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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), 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 is currently Editor-in-Chief of the peer review journal Optometry in Practice (2018 to date).  In terms of quality assurance, he has served as an external examiner for taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in England, Scotland, Singapore and Wales. He was 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 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. 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)
  • Clinical supervisor: Clinical Practice (BSc Optometry; OP3CP3)
  • Supervisor: Elective Studies (BSc Optometry; OP3ES1)


  • 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 


  • 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

Contact Details

External positions

Vice President, The College of Optometrists


External Examiner (BSc Optometry), Cardiff University




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


External Examiner (MSc Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science)


Honorary Clinical Research Fellow


External Examiner (BSc Optometry), Plymouth University


Board Trustee

2016 → …

Research Committee Chair


Member of Council

2015 → …

Editorial Board Member


Honorary Fellow in Ageing Eye Research, Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Clinical Editor



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


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