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Biography

Dr Bilkhu is a therapeutic optometrist and postdoctoral researcher at Aston University, with interests in presbyopia treatment and anterior eye disease management. He is also a module leader for Independent Prescribing for Optometrists, elective studies supervisor on the Ophthalmic Doctorate programme, and teaches in a range of clinics on the Optometry programme.

Qualifications

  • BSc(Hons) in Optometry, Aston University, 2008
  • PhD in Anterior Eye Disease, Aston University, 2013
  • PgCert in Clincal Optometry, Aston University, 2014
  • DipTp(IP) in Ocular Therapeutics, The College of Optometrists, 2015
  • PgCertHE in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, Aston University, 2019

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Member of the Association of Optometrists
  • Member of The College of Optometrists (MCOptom)
  • Fellow of The British Contact Lens Association (FBCLA)
  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research Interests

Dr Bilkhu's personal research interests include modelling allergic conjunctivitis using a controlled environmental chamber, and developing diagnostic techniques for and treatment of allergic conjunctivitis and dry eye. Post-doctoral research has focussed on surgical presbyopia correction; contact lens performance; and meobomian gland dysfunction treatment.

 

Teaching Activity

Module leader and elective studies supervisor on the DOptom/DOphSc executive development programme for:

  • Ocular Therapeutics (OP4OT1)
  • Prescribing for Disorders of the Eye (OP4OT2)
  • General Ocular Therapeutics (OP4GOT)

Teaching assistant and clinical demonstrator on the BSc(Hons) Optometry undergraduate programme for:

  • Clinical Optometry (OP1CO1)
  • Contact Lenses (OP2CL1)
  • Primary Care (OP3PC1)

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

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