Dr Hetal Buckhurst
Profiles

Dr Hetal Buckhurst

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Optometry

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health and Human Sciences)

Qualifications

Dr Hetal Buckhurst graduated in Optometry from Aston University in 2004. After completing her pre-registration year in 2005, she continued to work in optometric practice for a further 2 years. Following this, Hetal took up the role of a Clinical Demonstrator at Aston University in 2008. In 2010 she completed her PhD investigating scleral and ocular rigidity in humans and its possible links with myopia and other pathologies. After the PhD, Hetal acted as a temporary module leader for the Clinical Optometry module for the first year Optometry program at Aston University. In July 2011, Hetal joined Plymouth University to set up a new BSc Optometry course. In addition to developing the undergraduate programme, Hetal is actively involved in research relating to anterior segment biomechanics and myopia

Professional membership

General Optical Council (GOC) College of Optometrists (MCOptom) Association of Optometrists (AOP) Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Teaching interests

Module lead: OPT101 Evidence Based Practice 2013 - Present OPT105 Clinical Skills 1 2011 - Present OPT107 Visual Perception 2011-2013 OPT201 Clinical Skills 2 2012-2013 OPT207 Project Studies 1 2013-Present OPT301 Project Studies 2 2013-Present Module Teacher: OPT103 Ocular Anatomy 2011-2012 OPT106 Visual Optics and Ophthalmic Lenses 2011-present OPT302 General Optometric Practice 2013-present Practice placement team member Stage tutor: First year stage tutor 2011-2013 Second year stage tutor 2013-2014 Final year stage tutor 2014-present

Research interests

Biomechanics of the anterior segment of the eye Myopia Ophthalmic instrumentation

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

PhD Supervision

2012 - Present    Catriona Hamer  PhD (Co-supervisor) -Full time (successfullytransferred to PhD)

2013 - Present    Daniela Oehring PhD (Director of Studies) -Full time (successfullytransferred to PhD)

2013 - present    NicolaSzostek PhD (Co-supervisor) - Full time (successfully transferred to PhD)

2014 - Present    Afzam Shah PhD (Director of Studies) – Full time

2014– Present   Elizabeth Law PhD(Co-supervisor) – Part time

Grants & contracts

Investigators

Title

Start date

Sponsor

Funding amount

Dr H Buckhurst

Biomechanics of the para-central cornea in orthokeratology

October 2014

College of Optometrists

£28,079

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Regional variation in the biomechanical properties of the anterior surface of the eye

April 2014

Plymouth University

£60,000

Dr G Shum,

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Utilization of Inertial measurement units to determine the dynamic balance when the vision is being altered during outdoor functional activities

February 2014

Plymouth University

£1477

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Anterior eye imaging

October 2014

Bausch and Lomb

£93,600

Dr P Buckhurst

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A randomised intra-patient comparison of closed loop and plate haptic toric, aspheric, aberration neutral, hydrophilic acrylic intraocular lenses in patients with bilateral astigmatism

 

February 2015

Rayner

£9,450

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Dr P Hewston

Clinical Assessment of the WIOL-CF

May 2015

Medicem

£14,000

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Dr P Hewston

Assessment of the Harmoni Modular IOL

August 2015

Clarvista Medical

£83,312

Research groups

  • Optometry

Publications Buckhurst, H., Gilmartin, B., Cubbidge, R.P., Nagra, M. and Logan, N.S. (2013) Ocular biometric correlates of ciliary muscle thickness in human myopia. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics. 33: 294-304 Patel, H.D., Gilmartin, B., Cubbidge, R.P., and Logan, N.S. (2011) In vivo Measurement of Regional Variation in Anterior Scleral Resistance in Humans. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics. 31(5):437-43 Buckhurst. H, Gilmartin, B., Cubbidge, R.P., Nagra, M. and Logan, N.S. IOVS 2013,, ARVO E-Abstract 1639. The relationship between anterior segment biometry and corneal biomechanics in myopia. Buckhurst. P.J, Buckhurst, H. and Hammer, C. IOVS 2013,, ARVO E-Abstract 3035. Asessment of ciliary body asymmetry using a new fourier domain swept light source anterior chamber optical coherence tomographer Patel, H.D., Gilmartin, B., Cubbidge, R.P. and Logan, N.S. European Academy of Optometry and Optics Conference, April 2012. In vivo measurement of scleral thickness in humans using anterior segment optical coherent tomography (AS-OCT). Patel, H.D., Gilmartin, B., Cubbidge, R.P. and Logan, N.S. College of Optometrists Optometry Tomorrow 2012 Conference Abstract, March 2012. The effect of ocular biomechanics on rebound tonometry. Patel, H.D., Gilmartin, B., Cubbidge, R.P. and Logan, N.S. IOVS 2011, 50, ARVO E-Abstract 6312. In vivo Ballastic Measurement of Anterior Scleral Resistance in Humans. Gilmartin, B., Nagra, M., Logan, N.S and Patel, H.D. IOVS 2011, ARVO E-Abstract 6315. Regional Variation in Ocular Dimensions in Human Myopia. Patel, H.D., Gilmartin, B., Cubbidge, R.P. and Logan, N.S. College of Optometrists Conference Abstract, March 2011. Biomechanical properties of the sclera in young adults. Patel, H.D., Gilmartin, B., Cubbidge, R.P. and Logan, N.S. IOVS 2009, 50, ARVO E-Abstract 3947. In vivo Measurement of Regional Variations in Scleral Rigidity in Humans Patel, H.D., Cubbidge, R.P., Gilmartin, B. and Logan, N.S. College of Optometrist’s Conference Abstract, March 2009. Intraobserver and inter-observer regional variations in Schiotz tonometry measurements. Awards Best poster at the 2012 European Academy of Optometry and Optics conference, Dublin

Other academic activities

Journal manuscript reviewer for Clinical and Experimental Optometry, Clinical Ophthalmology and Contact Lens and Anterior Eye

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