Professor Leon N Davies

Head of Aston Optometry School

Chair in Optometry & Physiological Optics

Aston Optometry School

Life and Health Sciences
Aston University
B4 7ET
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4152
Fax: +44 (0) 121 204 4048  

Research Group

Ophthalmic Research Group (ORG)

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Professor Leon N. Davies
  • 2018 to date: Editor-in-Chief, Optometry in Practice
  • 2018 to date: Liveryman, Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers
  • 2017 to date: Professor of Optometry & Physiological Optics
  • 2017 to date: Freeman, Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers
  • 2016 to date: Head of Aston Optometry School, Aston University
  • 2016 to date: Board Trustee & Chair of Research Committee, College of Optometrists
  • 2016 to date: Honorary Clinical Research Fellow, Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2014 to date: Honorary Fellowship, School of Optometry, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • 2013-2017: Reader in Optometry & Physiological Optics, Aston University
  • 2009-2013: Senior Lecturer in Optometry, Aston University
  • 2009-2012: Council Member, Association of Optometrists
  • 2007-2010: Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, Bradford School of Optometry, University of  Bradford
  • 2007-2008: Clinical Editor, Optometry Today
  • 2006-2007: Honorary Clinical Research Fellow, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital NHS Trust
  • 2005-2009: Lecturer in Optometry, Aston University 
  • 2015: SFHEA, Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2012: FCOptom, Fellowship of the College of Optometrists
  • 2008: FHEA, Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2008: PGCertHE, Aston University
  • 2005: FAAO, Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry
  • 2004: PhD in Physiological Optics, Aston University
  • 2001: MCOptom, Membership of the College of Optometrists
  • 2001: General Optical Council registration
  • 2000: BSc (Hons) Optometry with First Class Honours, Aston University 
  • 2010: The Neil Charman Medal for Research 
  • 2008: College of Optometrists Research Fellowship Award
  • Head of Aston Optometry School
  • Lecturer: Accommodation and Presbyopia (DOptom/ DOphSc; OP4AAP)
  • Lecturer: Investigative Ophthalmic Science (DOptom/ DOphSc; OP4IOS)
  • Lecturer: Further Investigative Techniques (BSc Optometry; OP2FIT)
  • Module leader: Basic Investigative Techniques (BSc Optometry; OP1BIT)
  • Module leader: Medical Biology & Pathology (BSc Optometry; OP1MBP)
  • Physiological optics of accommodation and presbyopia
  • Intraocular lens (IOL) technology
  • Ocular biometry
  • Ophthalmic instrumentation
  • Myopia
  • Visual function following stroke

Over £2 million in research grants awarded from sources including: Abbott (Advanced) Medical Optics, Association of Optometrists, Astellas Pharma (Japan), Bausch and Lomb (USA), Birmingham City University, Birmingham Optical Group, Carl Zeiss, Central Local Optical Committee (LOC), College of Optometrists, EPSRC, Essilor International, EU, Hoya Corporation (Japan), Johnson & Johnson, Lenstec (USA), Technology Strategy Board, Ten Alps, Visioncare Research Ltd, and the Visual Research Trust.

Recent research funding

2018-2020: £375,804 Carl Zeiss, to establish the Aston-Zeiss Research Centre

2016-2019: £105,610 College of Optometrists, A novel biomechanical and computational approach to elucidate presbyopia development

2015-2019: £455,480 EC Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Networks (ITN), European Dry Eye Network (EDEN)

Research Associate (principal supervisor):  Dr Lindsay Rountree (May 2018 to date). Project: Aston-Zeiss Research Centre (funded by Carl Zeiss).

Research Associate (principal supervisor):  Dr Madara (May 2018 to date). Project: Aston-Zeiss Research Centre (funded by Carl Zeiss).

Research Associate (principal supervisor):  Dr Fiona Cruickshank (January 2017 to January 2019). Project: A biomechanical and computational approach to elucidate presbyopia development (funded by the College of Optometrists).

DOphSc (principal supervisor): Geraldine McBride (from July 2016). Project: Do binocular functions change as we age? (with University Hospital Galway)

PhD (co-supervisor): Duygu Acar (from July 2016). Project: European Dry Eye Network (EDEN) (funded by the EU).

DOptom (principal supervisor): Nicola Sabokbar (from April 2016). Project: The validity and reliability of intraocular pressure measurement using rebound tonometry in children (with Birmingham Children's Hospital).

PhD (co-supervisor): Francesco Menduni (from January 2016). Project: European Dry Eye Network (EDEN) (funded by the EU).

PhD (co-supervisor): Maria Vidal Rohr (from January 2016). Project: European Dry Eye Network (EDEN) (funded by the EU)    

PhD (co-supervisor): Edouard Lafosse (from January 2016). Project: European Dry Eye Network (EDEN) (funded by the EU)  

PhD (co-supervisor): Dr Ian Beasley (from October 2015). Project: The effect of peripheral defocus on axial growth and modulation of refractive error in hyperopes (funded by the College of Optometrists).

DOptom (principal supervisor):  Chee Horng Ong (January 2015 to date). Project:Efficacy of multifocal soft contact lenses on asthenopic orthophoric and esophoric myopes with lag of accommodation.

PhD (principal supervisor): Dr Parminder Randhawa (October 2013 to July 2016). Project: Physiological and pharmacological manipulation of the in vivo human ciliary muscle (funded by Aston University).

PhD (co-supervisor):
Dr Naomi Saigal (October 2013 to July 2016). Project: The role of altered ciliary muscle morphology in myopia and accommodation (funded by the College of Optometrists).

DOptom (co-supervisor):
Dr Dirk Booysen (August 2013 to July 2016). Project: Tonometry and biomechanics of the cornea in contact lens wear.

PhD (principal supervisor): Dr Deborah Laughton (January 2012 to September 2014). Project: Optical and structural adaptation during incipient presbyopia (funded by The College of Optometrists).

Research Associate (principal supervisor):  Dr Ian Beasley (August 2012 to March 2014). Project: Developing an evidence base for the impact of prescribing optical appliances on the onset and progression of presbyopia (funded by the Central LOC).

PhD (co-supervisor):  Dr Ben Coldrick (July 2010 to July 2013). Project: Modelling the human accommodation system using finite element analysis (funded by the EPSRC and Abbott Medical Optics).

DOptom (principal supervisor): Dr Ian Beasley (October 2009 to September 2012). Project: Susceptibility to pattern glare and the effect of spectral filters on rate of reading and visual search in stroke patients.

PhD (co-supervisor): Dr Gurpreet Bhogal (October 2009 to September 2012) Project: Visual function in pseudophakic patients (funded by Rayner, UK).

MSc (principal supervisor - external): Ms Noelia Segui (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain; February 2012 to June 2012). Project: Profiling biometric changes during disaccommodation in emmetropes and myopes.

PhD (co-supervisor): Dr Sarah Smith (April 2008 to January 2012) Project: Service quality in optometric practice (funded by Birmingham Optical Group, UK).

PhD (external supervisor): Dr Alison Alderson (University of Bradford; October 2007 to August 2011). Project: Structural and functional aspects of myopia in young adults: an investigation of nearwork-induced transient myopia and accommodation in relation to refractive stability (funded by the College of Optometrists, UK).

PhD (co-supervisor): Dr Phillip Buckhurst (October 2007 to January 2011). Project: Evaluation of modern intraocular lenses (funded by Aston University).

PhD (principal supervisor): Dr Amy Louise Sheppard (October 2007 to September 2010). Project: In vivo analysis of ocular morphological changes during phakic accommodation (funded by Bausch & Lomb, USA).

PhD (principal supervisor): Dr George Anthony Gibson (October 2005 to November 2008). Project: Theoretical and empirical evaluation of ocular accommodation in phakic and pseudophakic eyes (funded by the EPSRC and Bausch & Lomb, UK).

Research Fellow (co-supervisor): Dr Hannah Bartlett (2005 to 2007). Project: Ocular biometric correlates (funded by the Hoya corporation, Japan).

Selected publications