Dr Mark C.M. Dunne BSc PhD MCOptom

Senior Lecturer 

UG Admissions Tutor - Optometry

School of Life and Health Sciences
Aston University
B4 7ET

Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4113
Fax: +44 (0) 121 204 4048

Lecturer on the Undergraduate Optometry Programme

Research Group

Ophthalmic Research Group (ORG)

Research Centre

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA) 

Centre for Research in Vision and Hearing(CRVH)


Mark graduated from the University College of North Wales, Bangor in 1983 with a degree in Zoology.

His postgraduate studies were carried out in the Department of Vision Sciences at Aston University. Here, he examined the relationship between ocular biometry, involving development of an ultrasonic ophthalmophakometric technique, and peripheral refraction under the supervision of Derek Barnes. His thesis entitled 'An Optical Study of Human Ocular Dimensions' led to the award of a PhD in 1987. During the last year of his postgraduate studies, he became a research assistant on a project, carried out at Aston and funded by the TRRL, looking into road direction sign optimisation.

Mark then studied for a degree in Ophthalmic Optics (Optometry) for which he graduated with first class honours in 1989 and became a registered member of the College of Optometrists in 1990.

He was appointment as a lecturer at Aston in 1990 and promoted to senior lecturer in 2007. Since then, he has continued his research interests in the fields of ocular biometry and the visual aspects of driving. He has been the optometry admissions tutor since 1996.

  • First year courses in Human Biology (cellular biology) and Biomedical Sciences (biochemistry, biostatistics & epidemiology).
  • Second year courses in Primary Optometric Examination (routine examination & introduction to orthoptics), and Visual Biology (anatomy & physiology of the eye, visual pathways and introduction to ocular neurology).
  • Final year Elective Studies.

Supervisor or co-supervisor of six PhD students to date:

  • Royston, J (1990). 'The influence of posterior corneal surface astigmatism on residual astigmatism'.
  • White, E K (1993).'Modelling ocular monochromatic aberrations using schematic eyes with homogenous optical media'.
  • Elawad, M E A (1995). 'Measurement of ocular component contributions to residual astigmatism in adult human eyes'.
  • Slade, S V (1999) ‘A critical evaluation of contrast susceptibility as a predictor of driving accident involvement’.
  • Phelps, N R (2002) ‘A comparison between static and kinetic visual attention as a means of detecting age-related deterioration of the visual system and driving performance’.
  • Sheppard, A L (due 2010) 'In vivo examination of ocular accommodation'
Ocular Biometry - The long term goal is to expand the range of in vivo ocular component measurements on human eyes; measurement of internal ocular surface toricity (posterior corneal surface, anterior and posterior lens surfaces), retinal contour and ocular component misalignment.
Visual Aspects of Driving - One line of enquiry investigates the relationship between vision and safe driving; considering the relative merits of tests for basic visual functions versus higher order perceptual processing.
Computer Aided Referral Refinement – Funding is currently being sought for developing software for enhancing patient care and meeting the challenges of clinical governance. It is envisaged that this will aid (i) rapid clinical recording in the interests of uniformity and medico-legal defence in the busy high street environment, (ii) problem-orientated eye examination involving standard operating procedures and grading systems that are automatically prompted for based on symptoms and signs suggestive of ocular disease and (iii) identification of the most appropriate patient management and/or referral routes.

Recent Publications