James Wolffsohn, BSc(Hons) PgCertHE PgDipAdvClinOptom MBA PhD PFHEA FSB FAAO FCOptom FIACLE FBCLA


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    James S Wolffsohn, a Professor of Optometry at Aston University since 2000, formerly Deputy Executive Dean for Life Sciences and then associate Pro-Vice Chancellor, is the Head of the School of Optometry. Prior to his appointment to Aston University, Professor Wolffsohn was a Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne in Australia. His main research areas are the development and evaluation of ophthalmic instrumentation, contact lenses, intraocular lenses, and the tear film. He is a National Teaching Fellow, has published more than 280 full peer-reviewed papers and presented at numerous international conferences. He is the academic Chair of the British Contact Lens Association, having been a past president, was a harmoniser and sub-committee chair for TFOS DEWS II and was chair of the BCLA Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR). He is the International Myopia Institute’s Chief Scientific Officer and was joint-Chair of their white papers.

    Research Interests

    Contact lenses; intraocular lenses; ophthalmic instrumentation; dry eye; ocular allergy

    Teaching Activity


    Second Year Undergraduate

    • Contact Lenses 

    Third Year Undergraduate and Graduate Diploma in Optometry

    • Elective Studies (Supervisor) 

    Ophthalmic Doctorate

    • Advanced Contact Lenses (Module Leader)


    • Ophthalmic Science (stream lead)
    • Leadership (Module leader)

    Administrative Roles

    Head of the School of Optometry

    Head of Audiology

    Senior Management Team - Health and Life Sciences

    Contact Details

    email: j.s.w.wolffsohn@aston.ac.uk
    tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4140
    fax: +44 (0) 121 204 4048

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    MBA, Masters of Business Administration – with distinction


    Award Date: 1 Jul 2009

    PG Cert, Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning – Higher Education


    Award Date: 1 Jul 2001

    PG Dip, Advanced Clinical Optometry, The University of Melbourne; Parkville Victoria Australia


    Award Date: 1 Dec 1999

    PhD, Ocular Accommodative Response to Virtual Imagery, Cardiff University

    Oct 1994Jun 1997

    Award Date: 1 Jul 1997

    BSc, Ophthalmic Optics, UMIST, Manchester, UK

    Oct 1990Jun 1993

    Award Date: 1 Jul 1993

    External positions

    Associate Editor, Optometry and Vision Science

    2019 → …

    Editorial Board Member, Russian Ophthalmological Journal

    2019 → …

    Associate Editor, Plos One


    Visiting Professor, University of Sichuan, Medical School, Chendu, China

    2017 → …

    Associate Editor, BMJ Open Ophthalmology

    2016 → …

    Adjunct Professor, University of Houston

    2015 → …

    Editorial Board Member, Journal of Optometry

    2008 → …

    Editorial Board Member, Clinical and Experimental Optometry

    2007 → …

    Editorial Board Member, Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics


    Editorial Board Member, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye

    2003 → …

    Academic and Conference Chair, British Contact Lens Association (BCLA)

    2001 → …

    Member, British & Irish University & College Contact Lens Educators (BUCCLE)

    2000 → …


    • RE Ophthalmology
    • Optometry
    • Dry eye
    • Presbyopia
    • Contact lenses
    • Intraocular lenses
    • Ophthalmic instrumentation
    • Ophthalmic technology
    • Biomedical engineering


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