Dr Nery Garcia-Porta

Lecturer in Optometry

Vision and Eye Research Institute

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Vision and Hearing Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Vision and eye research

Research Supervision:Yes

Dr Garcia-Porta is an Optometrist whose trajectory and education so far have combined research, teaching and clinical activities.

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Dr Garcia-Porta is an optometrist with a Master’s degree in Clinical Optometry, who got her PhD in Vision Science at University of Santiago (Spain) in 2015. During her PhD, her research was focused on contact lenses and she did several internships in different research centers, like University of Minho (Portugal) or Aston University (UK).

In 2017, Dr Garcia-Porta moved to Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in Cambridge to develop a project funded by the European Union focused on the evaluation of the ocular surface damage in glaucoma patients, thanks to a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. She is currently working as a lecturer in Optometry since June 2019.

Her areas of specialisation include Ocular Surface, Contact Lenses and Aging eye. She currently has more than 30 conferences contributions and more than ten articles of scientific research and outreach published. Regarding her clinical experience, Nery spent six weeks in the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago (US), and nine months working as clinical optometrist in Spain's Quironsalud Hospital.

Spoken Languages

  • English (full professional proficiency)
  • Spanish (mother tongue)
  • Portuguese (full professional proficiency)
  • Galician (mother tongue)

Research interests

  • Contact Lenses
  • Dye Eye disease
  • Ocular surface
  • Myopia
  • Aging eye

Areas of research supervision

Dr Garcia-Porta is happy supervising projects related to contact lenses, dry eye disease, ocular surface or myopia.


BOptom (Hons) Optometry

  • Module leader of Clinical Optometry 6: Advanced contact lens practice
  • Teaching responsibilities in Clinical Optometry 2 and Clinical Optometry 3

PGCert Contact Lens Optician

  • Module leader of Selection and Fitting Contact Lenses

FdSc Ophthalmic Dispensing

  • Module leader of Contact Lenses and Pathological Conditions

Previous teaching responsibilities before joining ARU:

  • 270 hours of teaching in the Faculty of Optics and Optometry at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in the 2012 – 2016 period
  • Teaching in three online courses in collaboration with University of Minho (Portugal) and University of Valencia (Spain)


  • PhD (Cum Laude) in Vision Science with international mention by the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2015)
  • Optics and Optometry upgraded degree (Grado) by European University of Madrid, Spain (2015)
  • Masters degree in Clinical Optometry by European University of Madrid, Spain (2009)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education by University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2009)
  • Optics and Optometry degree (Diplomatura) by University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2008)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member, National College of Optics and Optometrists (equivalent to the General Optical Council in Spain)
  • Member, board of directors of the Galician Society of Clinical Optometry (SGOC), Spain
  • Member, IACLE (International Association of Contact Lens Educators)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Anglia Ruskin University RIDO travel grant (£1,000), Cambridge, UK (2018)
  • Post-doctoral Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (European Union) to become a postdoctoral fellow at Anglia Ruskin University for two years (195.000 €), Cambridge, UK (2017)
  • IACOBUS Grant from the European aggrupation for collaboration between Galicia and north of Portugal to spend two months at Clinical and Experimental Optometry Research Lab (CEORLab), University of Minho, Portugal (2015)
  • Grant for internships abroad from Fundación Barrié (Spain) to spend three months at Aston University, Birmingham, UK (2013)
  • Pre-doctoral grant I2C from Galician government- Xunta de Galicia (Spain), a three-year grant to do her PhD at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2011)

Selected recent publications

Otero, C., Garcia-Porta, N., Tabernero, J., Pardhan, S. Comparison of different smartphone cameras to evaluate conjunctival hyperaemia in normal subjects. Scientific reports (accepted).

Garcia-Porta, N., Gantes-Nuñez F.J., Tabernero, J., Pardhan, S. Characterization of the ocular surface temperature dynamics in glaucoma subjects using long-wave infrared thermal imaging. Journal of the Optical Society of America A. Vol. 36, Issue 9, pp. 1584-1584(2019)

García-Porta, N., Mann, A., Sáez-Martínez, V., Franklin, V., Wolffsohn, J.S., Tighe, B., 2017. The potential influence of Schirmer strip variables on dry eye disease characterisation, and on tear collection and analysis. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2018;41:47-53.

Garcia-Porta, N., Rico-del-Viejo, L., Martin-Gil, A., Carracedo, G., Pintor, J., González-Méijome J.M., 2016. Differences in Dry Eye Questionnaire (DEQ) symptoms in two different modalities of contact lens (CL) wear: silicone-hydrogel in daily wear basis and overnight orthokeratology. BioMed Research International. Volume 2016, Article ID 1242845, 9 pages.

García-Porta, N., Rico-del-Viejo, L., Ferreira-Neves, H., Peixoto-de-Matos, S., Queirós, A., González-Méijome, J.M., 2015. Performance of Three Multipurpose Disinfecting Solutions with a Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lens. BioMed Research International. Volume 2015, Article ID 216932, 13 pages.

Garcia-Porta, N., Fernandes, P., Queiros, A., Salgado-Borges, J., Parafita-Mato, M., González-Méijome, J.M., 2014. Corneal Biomechanical Properties in Different Ocular Conditions and New Techniques. ISRN ophthalmology. 2014:724546.

Van-der-Worp, E., Bornman, D., Lopes-Ferreira, D., Faria-Ribeiro, M., Garcia-Porta, N., González-Méijome, J.M.., 2014. Modern Scleral Contact Lenses: a Review. Contact Lens & Anterior Eye (CLAE). 2014;37:240-50.

González-Pérez, J., Villa-Collar, C., García-Porta, N., González-Méijome, J.M., Parafita, M., 2012. Long-term Changes in Corneal Structure and Tear Inflammatory Mediators after Corneal Refractive Therapy and LASIK. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS). 2012; 53:5301-1.

Recent presentations and conferences

García-Porta N, Tabernero J, Bourne R, Pardhan S, 2018. Poster: The effect of environmental stress on the ocular surface temperature in glaucoma patients. American Academy, San Antonio, USA, November 2018.

García-Porta N, Tabernero J, Pardhan S, 2018. Oral communication: Effect of environmental stress on blinking rate and tear film stability. British Congress of Optometry BCOVS18, Cambridge, UK, September, 2018.

Tabernero J, García-Porta N, Pardhan S, 2018. Oral communication: Long wave infrared thermal imaging to study the effects of changing environmental conditions on the ocular surface. Vision and Physiological Optics Conference VPO2018, Athens, Greece, August, 2018.

García-Porta N, Tabernero J, Pardhan S, 2018. Oral communication: Effect of the environmental stress on the ocular surface temperature. International Conference of Optometry and Vision science CIOCV’2018, Braga, Portugal, April 2018.

Garcia-Porta N, Tabernero J, Pardhan S., 2017. Oral communication: Ocular Surface damage in glaucoma patients. International Workshop on the Impact of Auditory and Visual Impairment AVICCS2017, Shenzhen, China, December 2017.

García-Porta N, Mann A, Franklin V, Saez V, Wolffsohn J, Tighe B, 2016. Oral communication: Influencia de la tira de Schirmer utilizada en el valor de Schirmer obtenido. International Conference of Optometry, Contact Lenses and Ophthalmic Optics OPTOM2016, Madrid, Spain, April 2016.

García-Porta N, Mann A, Franklin V, Saez V, Wolffsohn J, González-Méijome JM, Tighe B, 2015. Oral communication: Could the results obtained with the Schirmer test be affected by the strip chosen? International Conference of Optometry and Vision science CIOCV’2015, Braga, Portugal, April 2015.

García-Porta N, Rico-del-Viejo L, Faria-Ribeiro M, González-Pérez J, Queirós A, González-Méijome JM, 2014. Oral communication: Cambios en la biomecánica corneal con dos modalidades diferentes de uso de LC. VISER’14. Santiago de Compostela, Spain, November 2014.

Garcia-Porta N, Rico-del-Viejo L, González-Pérez J, Queirós A, Carracedo G, González-Méijome JM, 2013. Oral communication: Comfort and Dryness Symptoms with Silicone Hydrogel and Orthokeratology Lenses: Pilot Cross-over Study. EuroOK Meeting (BrusselsOK), Brussels, Belgium, June 2013.

García-Porta N, Rico-del-Viejo L, Lopes-Ferreira D, Neves H, González-Méijome JM, 2013. Poster: Pilot study on the Clinical Performance of Three Different Multipurpose Solutions with a Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lens. BCLA Clinical Conference & Exhibition. Manchester, UK, June 2013.

Media experience

Interviews in several Spanish local newspapers (El Progreso, Faro de Vigo and El Correo Gallego).

Two interviews in a Spanish blog, one of them about my experience as a researcher in the UK. See https://doctoradoopticayoptometria.com/nerygarciainvestigacionuk/.