Professor Roger Buckley

Professor Emeritus of Ocular Medicine, Vision and Eye Research Institute (VERI)

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


Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Vision and eye research

Roger Buckley was one of the founders of VERI (originally the Vision and Eye Research, VERU).  He is an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) with extensive experience in clinical practice, research and teaching.


Roger Buckley is an ophthalmologist who additionally has much experience in the teaching and regulation of optometry.  He trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, where he was appointed to the consultant staff in 1981; he also directed the Contact Lens Service there for many years, and remains an Honorary Consultant.  He was appointed Professor of Ocular Medicine at City University London, in 1997 and was able to transfer that Chair to Anglia Ruskin University in 2005.  He has held many positions of high professional responsibility and his advice is regularly sought by professional groups and the media.  His lecturing experience, both at home and abroad, is extensive.  His clinical and research interests include the ocular surface, comprising the cornea, the conjunctiva and the tear film. Ocular allergy has long been a major interest.

Research interests

  • Tear film and ocular surface
  • Ocular allergy
  • Contact lens medicine including avoidance and management of corneal infection
  • Corneal structure and function (especially endothelium)
  • Corneal ectasia, keratoconus and related conditions
  • Avoidance of disease transmission in clinical practice
  • Development of Clinical Management Guidelines for Prescribing Optometrists

Areas of research supervision

  • The tear film in health and disease
  • The effect of experimental environmental conditions on the surface of the eye
  • The management of allergic eye disease
Anglia Ruskin University PhDs recently completed:
  • Willshire C: Tear dynamics: tear osmolarity and reflex features of the lacrimal functional unit (awarded October 2018) (As first supervisor)
  • Rolev K D: Evaluation of corneal endothelial cell therapy using an in vitro human model (awarded December 2017) (As internal examiner)


At Moorfields Eye Hospital, Roger taught Senior House Officers, Registrars, Fellows and Visiting Fellows during the course of his out-patient and in-patient clinical duties. Many of them now hold consultant posts in this country (including Moorfields Eye Hospital) and overseas. Roger also taught visiting overseas doctors, medical students, optometrists, orthoptists and nurses.

At Anglia Ruskin University, Roger has lectured on ocular abnormality and disease to 3rd Year Undergraduates, and on pharmacology and introductory topics to the 2nd year. Roger has also supervised 3rd year Projects and Dissertations, usually around three or four per year.

At City University, London, Roger lectures on the regular courses held for the training of Prescribing Optometrists.

At Imperial College, London, Roger contributes regularly to the MSc course in Allergy.

Roger has supervised numerous MSc projects and PhD theses and has acted as an external examiner in both areas.

Roger has acted as External Examiner to the optometry training courses of other universities (Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland and the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland).


  • BM, BCh (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Oxford University)
  • MA (Oxford University)
  • PhD (Anglia Ruskin University)
  • FRCS (Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, London)
  • FRCOphth (Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, United Kingdom)
  • Hon FCOptom (Honorary Fellowship of the College of Optometrists, United Kingdom)
  • FBCLA (Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member of the British Medical Association
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • Honorary Member, Medical Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Association (President, 1989-92)
  • Member of the European Contact Lens Society of Ophthalmologists
  • Former member of the International Society for Contact Lens Research (Vice-President, 1993-95)
  • Honorary Member of the British Contact Lens Association; Chairman of Academic Committee 2009-2013; President 2003-4
  • Member of the Committee on Dental and Surgical Materials, DHSS/DoH, 1982-94, and Chairman of its Sub-Committee on Ophthalmic Products, 1981-83
  • Co-opted Member of the Committee on Safety of Medicines, DoH, 1994-96
  • Member of Medicines Control Agency/Committee on Safety of Medicines Expert Advisory Panel, January 1996 to date
  • Member of the General Optical Council, representing the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, 1987-2007; Member of its Education, Professional Conduct and Contact Lens Committees; Chairman of Standards Committee
  • Founder Member of Executive Committee, Allergy UK (formerly the British Allergy Foundation); currently Patron; Member, Health Advisory Panel (2010 to date)
  • Former Member of the Contact Lens Sub-Committee of the British Standards Institution, representing the British Medical Association and the College of Ophthalmologists (1984-89)
  • External Examiner, Department of Visual Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, 1995-97
  • External Examiner, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster, 2006-2011
  • President, Keratoconus Self-Help and Support Group (a patient-run organisation)
  • Honorary Medical Adviser to the British National Formulary, 1991-2011
  • Honorary Medical Officer, British Performing Arts Medicine Trust, 1989-2007
  • Honorary Medical Adviser, Musicians' Benevolent Fund, 1983-2007
  • Honorary Medical Officer, Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain, 1989-2007
  • Member, City University Medicines Support Unit Advisory Board, 2009 to date
  • Member, Eyecare Trust Clinical Advisory Panel, 2011 to date

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Editorial Boards and Peer Review
Member of International Editorial Board, formerly Journal of the British Contact Lens Association and now Contact Lens and Anterior Eye).
Reviewer for Cornea, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Eye, PLOS ONE, Paediatric Allergy and Immunology, Clinical and Experimental Optometry, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, Ophthalmology.

College of Optometrists: Clinical Management Guideline Development, 2008 to date.

Selected recent publications

Gane J, Buckley R. Leukotriene Receptor Antagonists in Allergic Eye Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. J Allergy Clin Immunol: In Practice 2013;1: 65-74.

Sanchez-Parra L, Pardhan S, Buckley RJ, Parker M, Bourne RRA.  Diurnal Intraocular Pressure and the Relationship with Swept-Source OCT-Derived Anterior Chamber Dimensions in Angle Closure: the IMPACT Study.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2015;56:2943–9.

Willshire, C., Buckley, R. Bron, A.  Standardising the Schirmer Test by Enclosing the Strip in a Waterproof Sheath.  Acta Ophthalmologica. 2015;[e-journal]93(S255)

Scadding GK, Kariyawasam HH, Scadding G, Mirakian R, Buckley RJ, Dixon T, Durham SR, Farooque S, Huber PAJ, Jones N, Leech S, Nasser SM, Powell R, Roberts G, Rotiroti G, Simpson A, Smith H, Clark AT.  BSACI guideline for the diagnosis and management of allergic and non-allergic rhinitis (Revised Edition).  Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 2017;47:856-89.

Willshire C, Buckley RJ B, Bron AJ. Central Connections of the Lacrimal Functional Unit.  Cornea. 2017 Aug;36(8):898-907.

Willshire C, Buckley RJ, Bron AJ. Estimating basal tear osmolarity in normal and dry eye subjects. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye. 2018 Feb;41:34-46.

Buckley RJ.  Assessment and Management of Dry Eye Disease.  Eye. 2018 Feb;32:200-203.

Recent presentations and conferences

Roger Buckley (2017). Assessment and Management  of Dry Eye Disease.  Cambridge Ophthalmological Symposium.  Cambridge, UK

Roger Buckley (2018). 1. Avoidance and Management of Infective Keratitis and Conjunctivitis; 2. Ocular Allergy. Principles of Independent Prescribing Course, Module 2.  City University, London UK

Roger Buckley (2019). Allergic Eye Disease: Diagnosis and Management.  PG Cert Allergy, Module 2.  Imperial College, London UK

Media experience

Numerous local radio, national radio and television appearances connected with medical or contact lens related news items, and phone-in programmes.