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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. He serves as a Board Trustee at the College of Optometrists and Chair of their Research Committee.

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 £2m 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 in the ageing eye.

Professor Davies has supervised 14 PhDs/ professional doctorates, 6 PDRAs and has acted as an external examiner for PhD and professional doctorate theses in the UK 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 in optometry, optics and vision science.

Research Interests

  • Presbyopia
  • Ocular accommodation
  • Intraocular lens (IOL) technology
  • Ocular biometry
  • Ophthalmic instrumentation
  • Myopia
  • Visual function following stroke

Teaching Activity

  • Head of Aston Optometry School
  • Lecturer: Further Investigative Techniques (BSc Optometry; OP2FIT)
  • Module leader: Basic Investigative Techniques (BSc Optometry; OP1BIT)

Employment

  • 2017 to date: Professor of Optometry & Physiological Optics
  • 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
Fax: +44 (0) 121 204 4048  

Keywords

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

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Research Output 2003 2019

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

Hydrophilic Contact Lens
Asthenopia
Myopia
Refractive Errors
Research

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
Swine
Anterior Chamber
Meridians
Endothelial Cells
Cell Count

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
Ocular Physiological Phenomena
Surface Properties
Contact Lenses
Tears
Lenses

Effect of peripheral defocus on axial eye growth and modulation of refractive error in hyperopes

Beasley, I., Davies, L. N. & Logan, N. S., 18 Jun 2018, In : JMIR Research Protocols. 7, 9, 9 p., e173.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Refractive Errors
Growth
Hyperopia
Contact Lenses
Myopia

Optical Coherence Tomography Reveals Sigmoidal Crystalline Lens Changes during Accommodation

Gibson, G., Cruickshank, F., Wolffsohn, J. & Davies, L., 21 Aug 2018, In : Vision. 2, 3, 33.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Accommodation
Japan
Trajectory
Germany
Correlates

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

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

Efficacy of multifocal soft contact lens on asthenopic orthophoric and esophoric myopes with lag of accommodation

Author: Ong, C. H., 29 May 2018

Supervisor: Davies, L. N. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisOphthalmic Doctorate

File

Evaluation of modern intraocular lenses

Author: Buckhurst, P., 2011

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

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

File

IN VIVO analysis of ocular morphological changes during phakic accommodation

Author: Sheppard, A. L., Nov 2010

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

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

File

Prizes

Neil Charman Medal for Research

Leon Davies (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Research Fellowship Award

Leon Davies (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Activities 2005 2013

  • 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