Areas of Expertise: Vision and eye research
Catherine’s current interests are in tear pathophysiology-including dry eye disease. She is also interested in Sjögren syndrome and contact lens fitting.
For the last 12 years Catherine has worked as an optometrist in independent optical practices. Catherine briefly worked for a refractive laser company, seeing patients who had undergone laser treatment and replacement lens exchange, and spent 18 months working in the Cataract Clinic at Addenbrooke’s Eye Hospital.
Alongside working in independent practice, Catherine also works as a Research Optometrist at Hinchingbrooke Hospital where she is involved in studies for Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy and ocular surface disease. Catherine is also studying at Anglia Ruskin University with our Vision and Eye Research Unit (VERU) for a PhD in Optometry.
Tear pathophysiology investigates the mechanisms involved in the maintenance of the ocular surface and the consequences of a break down in the homeostatic control – resulting in dry eye disease amongst other conditions.
Dry eye disease is a common disabling condition that can be exacerbated by everyday tasks such as using a computer, reading or driving and can depend on the ambient environment. It is a chronic condition that significantly affects quality of life.
Sjögren syndrome (SjS) is a chronic autoimmune disorder where the lacrimal and salivary glands are major targets leading to symptoms of dry eye and dry mouth (sicca symptoms).
Contact lenses for different complex eye conditions such as Keratoconus or challenging prescriptions are of interest. Also, how the contact lenses interact with the ocular surface relating to comfort and vision especially.
Willshire, C., Buckley, R.J. And Bron, A.J., 2017. Central Connections of the Lacrimal Functional Unit. Cornea 2017; 00: 1–10.