Professor James Wolffsohn BSc(Hons) PgCertHE PgDipAdvClinOptom MBA PhD PFHEA FSB FAAO FCOptom FIACLE FBCLA

James Wolffsohn

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Following a 1st class Optometry degree from Manchester, a pre-registration year at Moorfield’s Eye Hospital, London, a PhD at Cardiff University and a clinical/research fellowship at the University of Melbourne, Australia, Professor Wolffsohn was appointed by Aston University in 2000, where he was Head of Optometry 2004-9 and Deputy Executive Dean for Life and Health Sciences 2009-16, being awarded a personal Chair in 2007. He is now associate Pro-Vice Chancellor. James has published over 215 peer reviewed academic papers and given numerous international presentations. His main research areas are the development and evaluation of ophthalmic instrumentation, contact lenses, intraocular lenses and the tear film. He is the academic Chair of the British Contact Lens Association, having been a past president, was a harmoniser and sub-committee chair for TFOS DEWS II and joint-Chair of the International Myopia Institute reports.

Research interests

Contact lenses; intraocular lenses; ophthalmic instrumentation; dry eye; ocular allergy

Teaching Activity


Second Year Undergraduate

  • Contact Lenses (Module Leader)

Third Year Undergraduate and Graduate Diploma in Optometry

  • Elective Studies (Supervisor) 

Ophthalmic Doctorate

  • Advanced Contact Lenses (Module Leader)


BEng / MEng

  • 3rd year research elective (Module Leader)
  • Leadership (Module Leader)

Administrative Roles

Subject Lead - Biomedical Engineering

Senior Management Team - Life and Health Sciences

Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor (research integrity remit)

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Clinical and Systems Neuroscience

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  1. External Advisor

    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

  2. International University of Japan

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

  3. Myopia Research

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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