Comparison of Pseudophakic Vision and Lifestyle Changes using different IOL designs

Project description

Modern surgical techniques and intraocular lenses (IOLs), now offer the surgeon the opportunity to correct pre-existing refractive astigmatic error during routine cataract extraction. However, there has been limited investigation into benefits of correcting astigmatism during cataract surgery, beyond that of lens rotation, optical quality and visual acuity, with only a few alluding to patient satisfaction.

The project is a mixture of clinical and basic laboratory science. The overarching theme of the study is the correction of astigmatism during cataract surgery. The initial phase of the project will examine the impact of uncorrected astigmatism on vision. Following this you would be assessing at the stability of toric intraocular lenses following cataract surgery.

The project aims to investigate the relationship between visual corrections provided in cataract surgery and confidence and stability in mobility tasks. There is a sizable budget for equipment, patient expenses and publishing costs as well as for travel to international conferences.


Applicants should have (at least) a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate subject and preferably a fully qualified, GOC registered Optometrist.


The studentship is supported for three years and includes full home/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £17,000 per annum. The studentship will only fully fund those applicants who are eligible for home/EU fees with relevant qualifications. An applicant normally required to pay overseas fees would have to pay the difference between the Home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates (approximately £12,285 per annum).

To apply

If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Dr Phillip Buckhurst or Dr Catriona Hamer However, applications must be made in accordance with the details shown below.

General information about applying for a research degree at University of Plymouth is available at:

You can apply via the online application form which can be found at: and select ‘Apply’.

Please mark your application FAO Sarah Carne and clearly state that you are applying for a PhD studentship within the School of Health Professions.

For more information on the admissions process contact Sarah Carne.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 3 December 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview on 10 December 2019. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by 1 January 2020 should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.