Dr Clare O'Donnell



Optegra Eye Hospital
Aston University
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET


Research Group

Ophthalmic Research Group(ORG)

Dr Clare O'Donnell

2010 – 2011 Senior Lecturer in Optometry. Faculty of Life Sciences, The University of Manchester

2002 – 2009  Lecturer in Optometry, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester

(Probationary period 2002 - 2005)

1999 – 2002 Manager, The UMIST Vision Centre, the public access optometry clinic, Department of Optometry & Neuroscience, UMIST.

1997 - 1998 Research Optometrist, Eurolens Research, Department of Optometry & Neuroscience, UMIST

1996 - 1998 Specialist Optometrist, Department of Optometry, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Provision of optometric services including complex contact lens fitting, cataract, low vision and paediatric services

1994 - 1998 Teaching Assistant / Postgraduate Student and Occasional Lecturer, Dept of Optometry & Neuroscience, UMIST

1993 - 1994 Clinical Tutor, Department of Optometry, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

1987 - 1993 Visiting Lecturer/Clinical Tutor, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow Scotland, UK


Head of Eye Sciences, Optegra Eye Health Care

Anterior segment changes in systemic disease, dry eye, refractive cataract surgery, laser vision correction.

Member College of Optometrists

Member Association of Optometrists

Member European Society of Cataract Refractive Surgeons

Fellow American Academy of Optometry

Fellow British Contact Lens Association

Member of the International Society for Contact Lens Research

Published Book Chapters: 

O’Donnell C.  Diabetes (Chapter). In Contact Lens Practice, Ed. N Efron, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, 2016 in press

O’Donnell C.  Diabetes (Chapter 35). In Contact Lens Practice, Ed. N Efron, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, 2010 (ISBN 978-0-7506-8869-7

Pérez Gómez I, Chadwick  L, Frangouli  A, Doyle  S, O'Donnell  C. Comparación del funcionamiento clínico de dos lentes de silicona e hidrogel usadas como lentes venda tras cirugía LASEK (Capítulo 10). En Cirugía Refractiva: soluciones ópticas a sus fracasos. Ed. A. López Alemany, Ulleye. Xàtiva, 2006; 87-92

O’Donnell  C.  Diabetes (Chapter 34). In Contact Lens Practice, Ed. N Efron, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford 2002 (ISBN 0-7506-4690-X)

Efron N, Hollingsworth J, Hiang H, Maldonado-Codina  C, Morgan PB, Mutalib HA, O’Donnell C, Oliveira-Soto  L, Patel  A, Perez-Gomez I, Tullo  AB. Confocal Microscopy (Chapter 3). In The Cornea, its Examination in Contact Lens Practice. Ed. N. Efron, Butterworth-Heinemann. Oxford, 2001 (ISBN 0-7506-4798-1).

Selected Presentations:

2017   Contemporary solutions in ophthalmic surgery. Optometry Tomorrow, Birmingham March 2017                              

2016    Tear Film and Ocular Surface Conference and Exhibition, Montpellier, France. Poster presentation

2016   The ESCRS Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark. Oral and poster presentations

2016    BCLA, Annual Conference Exhibition, Birmingham, UK. Invited Oral presentation

2016   Optom ‘16, Annual Spanish Optometric Association Meeting, Madrid, Spain. Invited Oral presentations.

2015   The ESCRS Congress, Barcelona, Spain. Invited Session Moderator

2015   The ESCRS Congress, Barcelona, Spain. Oral presentation and oral poster presentation

2015   OC 15, Ageing Eye Meeting, Valencia, Spain. Invited Oral presentation

2015   Contemporary Solutions in Ophthalmology, Symposium and Workshop, London, UK. Oral presentations  

Royal College of Physicians

2014   The ESCRS Congress, London. Oral and poster presentations

2014   Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Bicentenary Conference, Manchester UK. Invited Oral presentation.

2013    ISCLR, Kyoto, Japan, Oral presentation, poster and session moderator

2013    Progressing with Competence in Ophthalmic Nursing, London, UK. Oral presentation

2012    BCLA Pioneers day, Royal Society Medicine, London, UK. Invited Oral presentation

2012    Optegra/Aston University Research Day, Oral presentation

2012    ARIOPS, York, UK, Invited Oral presentation

Recent Publications

Recchioni A, Morris R, Vaswani S, Hartwig A, O’Donnell C.  Early clinical outcomes after small incision lenticular extraction.  Contact Lens Anterior Eye. November 2017 In press.

Beshtawi I, Akhtar R, Hillarby MC, O'Donnell C, Zhao X, Brahma A, Carley F, Derby B, Radhakrishnan H. Biomechanical Changes of collagen cross-linking on human keratoconic corneas using scanning acoustic microscopy. Curr Eye Res 2016 41, 609-15

Hartwig A, O’Donnell C and Radhakrishnan H.  Tear film and wettability of daily disposable contact lenses. Optom Pract.  2016 17, 10-17

O’Donnell C, Subramaniam S, Radhakrishan H, Mansell C, Dermott J, Gore C, Hartwig A.  Management of astigmatism during intraocular lens surgery. Optom Pract.  2015 16, 95-106

Hartwig A, Kheterpal S, Dermott J, O’Donnell C.  Laser assisted cataract surgery. Optom Pract 2014 15, 49-56

Beshtawi IM, Akhtar R, Hillarby MC, O'Donnell C, Zhao X, Brahma A, Carley F, Derby B, Radhakrishnan H Biomechanical changes after repeated collagen cross-linking on human corneas assessed in vitro using scanning acoustic microscopy.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014 55, 1549-54

Beshtawi IM, Akhtar R, Hillarby C, O’Donnell C, Zhao X, Brahma A, Carley F, Derby B, and Radhakrishnan H. Biomechanical properties of human corneas following low- and high-intensity collagen cross-linking determined with scanning acoustic microscopy.    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2013 54, 5273-80

Bowen-Thomas O, Jeffrey M, O’Donnell C. Refractive surgery for high myopia.  Case Report. Optom Prac. 2013 14, 155-60

Beshtawi IM, Akhtar R, Hillarby C, O’Donnell C, Zhao X, Brahma A, Carley F, Derby B, and Radhakrishnan H. Scanning acoustic microscopy for mapping the microelastic properties of human corneal tissue.  Curr Eye Res.  2013 38, 4437-44

Beshtawi I, O’Donnell C, Radhakrishnan H.  Biomechanical properties of corneal tissue after ultraviolet-A–riboflavin crosslinking. Review J Cat Refract Surg  2013 39, 451-62

Huntjens B, Charman WN, Workmann H, Hosking SL, O’Donnell C. Diurnal fluctuations In blood glucose concentration, anterior ocular structures and refractive error In diabetic and healthy human subjects.  PLoS One. 2012 7e52947 1-10.

Chiam P, O’Donnell C, Au L, Quah SA.  Sulcus-fizated intraocular implant for refractive enhancement in pseudophakic patients:  two case reports. Optom Pract 13, 123-125

Jinabhai A, O’Donnell C, Radhakrishnan H. Changes in refraction, ocular aberrations, and corneal structure after suspending Rigid Gas-Permeable contact lens wear in keratoconus. Cornea 2012 31, 500

O’Donnell C, Hartwig A and Radhakrishnan H. Comparison of central corneal thickness and anterior chamber depth measured using LenStar LS900, Pentacam, and Visante AS-OCT. Cornea  2012 31, 983-8

Roper N, Patel S, O’Donnell C. Stroke Signs in the Retina.  Optom Pract. 2012

Radhakrishnan H, Miranda M and O’Donnell C. Corneal biomechanical properties measured with ocular response analyser and their correlates with refractive error. Clin Exp Optom Manuscript. Clin Exp Optom. 2012 95, 12-8