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Research Interests

Nicola's current research interests include the development, progression and managment of myopia. Her work spans from basic laboratory experimentation and translate through to clinical trials that involve different strategies to slow myopia progression in children. Nicola runs both an active myopia research lab and a clinical service in myopia management.

Teaching Activity


  • Binocular vision and paediatric optometry (third year)
  • Elective studies (third year): supervisor
  • Evidence-based practice (fourth year MOptom): module leader
  • Myopia (ophthalmic doctorate): module leader


  • 2020 -        : Professor in Optometry & Physiological Optics, Aston University
  • 2018 - 2020: Reader in Optometry, Aston University
  • 2014 - 2018: Senior Lecturer in Optometry, Aston University
  • 2004 - 2014: Lecturer in Optometry, Aston University
  • 2002 - 2004: Research Fellow (P/T 60%), Teaching Fellow (P/T 40%) Aston University
  • 1998 - 1999: Optometrist, Sheffield
  • 1992 - 1993: Pre-registration optometrist, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool


2017: MEd, Masters in Education, Aston University

2017: SFHEA, Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

2002: FHEA, Fellow of Higher Education Academy

1997: PhD Optometry, Aston University

1993: MCOptom, Member of College of Optometrists

1993: General Optical Council Registration


Contact Details

Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4128
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

PhD, Ocular Biometric Investigation of Anisometropia

Award Date: 24 Jul 1997

External positions

Ambassador and Taskforce Chair, International Myopia Institute

1 Jul 2021 → …

Myopia Management Committee Member, British Contact Lens Association (BCLA)

3 Mar 2019 → …


  • RE Ophthalmology
  • Optometry
  • myopia research


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