Eye and Vision Sciences research group

Eye and vision sciences

Vision is rated as the most important of the five senses; it is responsible for more than 80 per cent of input to the brain. The Eye and Vision research group is an inter-professional group of scientists and clinicians who focus on structure and function of the eye, visual perception, and clinical measurement of vision and visual dysfunction.


Current publications

Reclaiming the Periphery: Automated Kinetic Perimetry for Measuring Peripheral Visual Fields in Patients With Glaucoma

Eye and Vision Masterclass Series

Series 1: Glaucoma and Optic Neuropathies
Series 2: Vision Rehabilitation
Series 3: Binocular Vision and Paediatrics
Series 4: Vision and Ophthalmic Optics
Series 5: Anterior Segment and Dry Eye

The Eye and Vision Masterclass series at Plymouth University provides cutting-edge continuing education for eye professionals of all disciplines (optometrists, ophthalmologists, orthoptists, dispensing opticians, ophthalmic nurses, ophthalmic photographers and technologists) and is supported by leading industry partners. Specialists deliver clinically relevant seminars, real-time demonstrations with volunteer patients and state-of-the-art kit, as well as exercises and assessments on computer workstations.

The Masterclasses are for ambitious graduate professionals who have a deep interest in clinical eye care and who are able to support their learning through high-level reading (five to ten hours per class), some of it self-directed. Course material, along with a 30-minute self-assessment, will be available three weeks prior to each class. The Masterclasses will be highly clinical and will expose the latest evidence-base for clinical care and decision-making. Our Faculty includes world-leading specialists who will bring to life current controversies through panel discussions and debates. A cross-cutting theme of all Masterclass series will be public eye health and epidemiology. CET points will be applied for (TBC). For registration (£100, reduced for students and trainees) email Professor Paul Artes

Series 1: Glaucoma and Optic Neuropathies
1.1: Optic Nerve Head assessment
28-29 July 2017 (Friday 12 noon - Saturday 3pm)
School of Health Professions, Peninsula Allied Health Centre, Plymouth University

This Masterclass will focus on optic nerve head (ONH) damage in glaucoma, idiopathic intracranial hypertension and papilloedema, anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy and optic neuritis. We will discuss the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the ONH and associated retinal tissues, primary and secondary signs of ONH damage, types of glaucoma damage (focal, diffuse, senile, and myopic), and how to measure and document disease progression. A central theme of this Masterclass is clinical imaging of ONH and parapapillary retina through optical coherence tomography and stereo colour photography. Pre-course material (~5 h preparation) will be distributed in early July. CET points will be available (TBC). For registration (£100, reduced for students and trainees) email Professor Paul Artes (closing date, 1 July).

Mesopic visual function in healthy ageing and neurodegenerative disease: relating structure to function

This is a fully-funded PhD opportunity in investigating visual function under mesopic conditions in healthy ageing and neurodegenerative disease and to determine how these relate to structural alterations.

Find out more about the research project

Eye and Vision research group researchers