Dr Hetal Buckhurst

Dr Hetal Buckhurst

Associate Professor in Optometry

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


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 - 2015   Dr Catriona Hamer  PhD (Co-supervisor) Thesis title: Analysis and correction of corneal astigmatism in modern pseudophakia

2013 - 2017   Dr Daniela Oehring PhD (Director of Studies) Thesis title: Ocular biomechanics of the anterior segment

2013 - 2017   Dr Nicola Szostek PhD (Co-supervisor) Thesis title: Assessment of ocular accommodation in humans

2014 - 2018   Dr Afzam Shah PhD (Director of Studies) Thesis: An investigation of computer vision syndrome with smart devices

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

Grants & contracts



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Biomechanics of the para-central cornea in orthokeratology

October 2014

College of Optometrists


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

April 2014

Plymouth University


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Anterior eye imaging: Assessment of a microincision IOL and aspheric toric IOL

October 2014

Bausch and Lomb


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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



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Clinical Assessment of the WIOL-CF

May 2015



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Assessment of the Harmoni Modular IOL

August 2015

Clarvista Medical


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Anterior eye imaging: Assessment of an aspheric toric IOL

October 2015

Bausch and Lomb


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Clincal assessment of a modular aspheric IOL

September 2015

Clarvista Medical


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Evaluation of a micro-incision IOL

November 2017

Bausch and Lomb


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Randomised clinical investigatorion on the Bi-flex M intraocular lens

November 2017



Research groups

  • Optometry

Key publications are highlighted

Szostek N, Buckhurst H, Purslow C, Drew T, Collinson A & Buckhurst PJ 2018 'Validation of Novel Metrics from the Accommodative Dynamic Profile' Vision , DOI PEARL
Szostek NL, Buckhurst H, Buckhurst P, Purslow C & Collinson A 2016 'An introduction to nutrition for an optometrist' Optometry in Practice 17, (3) PEARL
Hamer CA, Buckhurst H, Purslow C, Shum GL, Habib NE & Buckhurst PJ 2016 'Comparison of reliability and repeatability of corneal curvature assessment with six keratometers' Clinical and Experimental Optometry 99, (6) 583-589 , DOI PEARL
Buckhurst PJ, Naroo SA, Davies LN, Shah S, Buckhurst H, Kingsnorth A, Drew T & Wolffsohn JS 2015 'Tablet App halometer for the assessment of dysphotopsia' Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery 41, (11) 2424-2429 , DOI PEARL
Buckhurst HD, Gilmartin B, Cubbidge RP & Logan NS 2015 'Measurement of Scleral Thickness in Humans Using Anterior Segment Optical Coherent Tomography' PLOS ONE 10, (7) e0132902-e0132902 , DOI PEARL
Buckhurst H, Gilmartin B, Cubbidge RP, Nagra M & Logan NS 2013 'Ocular biometric correlates of ciliary muscle thickness in human myopia' Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics 33, (Mar 4.) 294-304 , DOI
Patel H, Gilmartin B, Cubbidge RP & Logan NS 2011 'In vivo measurement of regional variation in anterior scleral resistance to Schiotz indentation' Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics 31, (5) 437-443 , DOI
Conference Papers
Law E, Buckhurst HD, Aggarwal R, Kasaby H & Buckhurst PJ 2018 'Assessing and predicting the effective addition power of Multifocal intraocular lens'
Oehring D, Purslow C, Buckhurst P & Buckhurst H 2018 'Biometric and dynamic predictors of ORA measures of corneal biomechanics'
Buckhurst HD, Purslow C, Buckhurst PJ & Oehring D 2018 'Characterising biomechanical properties of healthy human corneas with the Ocular Response Analyser and CorvisST'
Szostek N, Buckhurst HD, Collinson A, Purslow C & Buckhurst PJ 2018 'In vivo assessment of ciliary muscle morphology using swept source optical coherence tomography'
Buckhurst PJ, Rahim MASBA, Purslow C & Buckhurst HD 2018 'Investigating the influence of using smart devices on the ocular accommodative response'
Hamer C, Shum G, Bunn L, Marsden J, Buckhurst H, Purslow C, Habib N & Buckhurst PJ 2016 'The Effect of Loss of Contrast and Distortion on Vision and Mobility Tasks'
Buckhurst PJ, Hamer C, Buckhurst H, Purslow C & Habib N 2016 'Validity of prediction models used to determine post-operative corneal shape following cataract surgery'
Hamer C, Habib N, Buckhurst H, Purslow C, Buckhurst PJ & Sci FHH 2015 'Do toric IOL calculators accurately predict the shift in orientation of the steepest corneal meridian following cataract surgery?'
Oehring D, Purslow C, Buckhurst PJ & Buckhurst H 2015 'Investigating the association between ocular biometry and corneal biomechanics in healthy human'
Szostek N, Buckhurst H, Purslow C, Collinson A & Buckhurst PJ 2015 'Relationship between the subjective measurement of accommodative facility and the objective assessment of the dynamic accommodative response'
Buckhurst PJ, Hamer C, Buckhurst H, Purslow C & Habib N 2015 'The relationship between corneal astigmatism and refractive astigmatic error in pseudophkic eyes'
Buckhurst P, Buckhurst H & Hamer C 2013 'Assessment of ciliary muscle morphology using a new Fourier domain swept source anterior chamber optical coherence tomographer'
Buckhurst H, Gilmartin B, Cubbidge R, Nagra M & Logan N 2013 'The relationship between anterior segment biometry and corneal biomechanics in myopia'

Other academic activities

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

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