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Biography

Dr Bilkhu is a therapeutic optometrist and postdoctoral researcher at Aston University, with interests in presbyopia treatment and anterior eye disease management. He is also a module leader for Independent Prescribing for Optometrists, elective studies supervisor on the Ophthalmic Doctorate programme, and teaches in a range of clinics on the Optometry programme.

Qualifications

  • BSc(Hons) in Optometry, Aston University, 2008
  • PhD in Anterior Eye Disease, Aston University, 2013
  • PgCert in Clincal Optometry, Aston University, 2014
  • DipTp(IP) in Ocular Therapeutics, The College of Optometrists, 2015
  • PgCertHE in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, Aston University, 2019

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Member of the Association of Optometrists
  • Member of The College of Optometrists (MCOptom)
  • Fellow of The British Contact Lens Association (FBCLA)
  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research Interests

Dr Bilkhu's personal research interests include modelling allergic conjunctivitis using a controlled environmental chamber, and developing diagnostic techniques for and treatment of allergic conjunctivitis and dry eye. Post-doctoral research has focussed on surgical presbyopia correction; contact lens performance; and meobomian gland dysfunction treatment.

 

Teaching Activity

Module leader and elective studies supervisor on the DOptom/DOphSc executive development programme for:

  • Ocular Therapeutics (OP4OT1)
  • Prescribing for Disorders of the Eye (OP4OT2)
  • General Ocular Therapeutics (OP4GOT)

Teaching assistant and clinical demonstrator on the BSc(Hons) Optometry undergraduate programme for:

  • Clinical Optometry (OP1CO1)
  • Contact Lenses (OP2CL1)
  • Primary Care (OP3PC1)

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