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General

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 of the College.

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 nationally and internationally. In recognition of his experience and expertise in the field of physiological optics he has been invited to speak and present at various events and conferences including the American Academy of Optometry; Association of French Optometrists; College of Optometrists; Royal Society; and the University of Tϋbingen, Germany. 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

  • Lecturer: Further Investigative Techniques (BSc Optometry; OP2FIT)
  • Module leader: Basic Investigative Techniques (BSc Optometry; OP1BIT)
  • Clinical tutor: Clinical Practice (BSc Optometry; OP3CP3)

Employment

  • 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 

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 Ophthalmic Optics, Aston University
  • 2001: MCOptom, Membership of the College of Optometrists
  • 2001: General Optical Council registration
  • 2000: BSc (Hons) Optometry with First Class Honours, Aston University

Contact Details

Email: L.N.Davies@aston.ac.uk 
Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4152

Keywords

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

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Research Output

Accommodative dynamics and attention: the influence of manipulating attentional capacity on accommodative lag and variability

Redondo, B., Vera, J., Molina, R., Davies, L. & Jiménez, R., 4 May 2020, In : Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Effects of optical correction method on the magnitude and variability of accommodative response: A test-retest study

    Jiménez, R., Redondo, B., Davies, L. N. & Vera, J., 1 Aug 2019, In : Optometry and Vision Science. 96, 8, p. 568-578 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Long-term efficacy and safety of solifenacin in pediatric patients aged 6 months to 18 years with neurogenic detrusor overactivity: results from two phase 3 prospective open-label studies

    Franco, I., Hoebeke, P., Baka-Ostrowska, M., Bolong, D., Davies, L., Dahler, E., Snijder, R., Stroosma, O., Verheggen, F., Newgreen, D., Bosman, B. & Vande Walle, J., 27 Dec 2019, In : Journal of Pediatric Urology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • Characterisation of the porcine eyeball as an in-vitro model for dry eye

    Menduni, F., Davies, L. N., Madrid-Costa, D., Fratini, A. & Wolffsohn, J. S., 1 Feb 2018, In : Contact Lens and Anterior Eye. 41, 1, p. 13-17

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • Effect of contact lens surface properties on comfort, tear stability and ocular physiology

    Vidal-Rohr, M., Wolffsohn, J. S., Davies, L. N. & Cerviño, A., 1 Feb 2018, In : Contact Lens and Anterior Eye. 41, 1, p. 117-121 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • Thesis

    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

    File

    Bio-adhesive polymers containing liposomes for DED treatment

    Author: Acar, D., 1 Jul 2019

    Supervisor: Davies, L. N. (Supervisor) & Wolffsohn, J. S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    File

    Changes in tear film metrics and ocular signs induced by different types of refractive correction in an aging population

    Author: Lafosse, E., 24 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Davies, L. N. (Supervisor), Wolffsohn, J. S. (Supervisor) & García-Lázaro, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    File

    Delivering optometric care in the UK

    Author: Smith, S., 4 Jul 2012

    Supervisor: Davies, L. N. (Supervisor), Naroo, S. A. (Supervisor) & Wolffsohn, J. S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    File

    Development of an in-vitro animal model to evaluate novel pharmaceutical approaches to DED management

    Author: Menduni, F., 17 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Wolffsohn, J. S. (Supervisor) & Davies, L. N. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    File

    Prizes

    Neil Charman Medal for Research

    Davies, Leon (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Research Fellowship Award

    Davies, Leon (Recipient), 2008

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Activities

    • 3 Editorial activity
    • 1 Publication peer-review

    Optometry in Practice (Journal)

    Leon Davies (Editorial board member)

    2013 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Optometry Today (Journal)

    Leon Davies (Editorial board member)

    2007 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Optometry Today (Journal)

    Leon Davies (Editor)

    20062008

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (Journal)

    Leon Davies (Peer reviewer)

    2005 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review