Megan Vaughan

PhD researcher

Vision and Eye Research Institute

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:School of Medicine

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Vision and eye research

Megan Vaughan is an optometrist and researcher currently working on her PhD at the Vision and Eye Research Institute, investigating new tests for the early detection of ocular conditions.


Having studied Optometry, for which she achieved First Class Honours and was awarded the Association of Optometrist’s award, Megan qualified as a GOC-registered optometrist following her pre-registration period in an independent opticians in Norfolk.

She began her Vice Chancellor funded PhD in our Vision and Eye Research Institute under the supervision of Prof Shahina Pardhan and Dr Juan Tabernero. During her time as a PhD student, she has been awarded first prize in the ARU Three Minute Thesis competition and was a semi-finalist in the international competition.

Megan’s interest lies in the early detection of ocular diseases and conditions. She is particularly interested in innovation in eyecare, utilising devices to facilitate early disease detection, and patients' experiences.

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member, The College of Optometrists
  • Member, The Association of Optometrists
  • Member, The General Optical Council
  • Member, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy