Visual Function and Physiology Research Group

Vision research

Our group consists of academic staff with a wealth of international experience in research, training and teaching in optometry and vision sciences.

Our interests are diverse and include low vision, myopia, visual function in specialist groups such as the deaf and people with autism, public health, sickle-cell disease, clinical communication, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, vision in sport, vision for driving, and reading difficulties. We look at the basic science and the clinical application of these subjects.

Many of our members also carry out research in our Vision and Eye Research Institute.

We collaborate with a number of universities and institutions, including City University, the College of Optometrists; Glaucoma Research Unit; Global Burden of Disease Group; Linköping University, Sweden; Moorfields Eye Hospital; Oxford University; RNIB; University of Cambridge; University of California, Berkeley; University of Manchester; University of Mysore, India; and Vrije University, Amsterdam.

We’ve a history of publication in high-ranking vision science and optometry journals and have attracted grants from research councils, charitable trusts and industry including the College of Optometrists, Vision CRC myopia project, the Wellcome Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, and the NHS.

Our research results are published in high-impact journals such as Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Vision Research, Optometry and Vision Science and Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics. We regularly contribute to clinical continuing education, in publications such as Optician, Optometry Today, Optometry in Practice and Optometric Quarterly.

We offer our Optometry and Vision Sciences PhD for postgraduate researchers.


PhD researchers

  • Christopher Lievens
  • Robert Maguire
  • Komal Ramlagun
  • Nurbanu Somani
  • Franziska Zenk