Professor Gary Misson

Chair in Ophthalmology

Gary Misson
Gary Misson

School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University
Birmingham, B4 7ET


I am a practising ophthalmic surgeon with a specialist interest in cataract surgery. I have academic interests in physiological optics, visual perception and psychophysics.  My particular interest is in the human perception of polarized light and the interaction of polarized light with the eye.  This has led to a fruitful collaboration with the Aston School of Life & Health Sciences.

I trained in medicine at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, London (now Imperial School of Medicine) where I later taught human anatomy.  My postgraduate ophthalmology training was in Oxford, Moorfields Eye Hospital (London) and Birmingham where I held my first consultant appointment.  It was as this time in the 1990s that I began my academic collaboration with the Vision Sciences Department at Aston University.  Moving from Birmingham, I was appointed to my present post of Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Warwick Hospital in 1997.  For several years I collaborated with Warwick University Laboratory of Optical Engineering in projects including a digital ophthalmoscope and applications of polarization optics to ophthalmic diagnosis.

  • BSc (1st Class Honours) in Physiology and Pharmacology, Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, University of London, 1980
  • MB, BS, Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, University of London, 1983
  • BA (1st Class Honours) in Mathematics, The Open University, 2014
  • PhD University of Warwick, 2013
  • DO, Royal College of Surgeons of England 1987
  • FRCS (England) 1987
  • FRCOphth 1988
  • 2017 to date:  Honorary Professor, Life and Health Sciences, Aston University
  • 1997 to date:  Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Warwick Hospital, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2005 – 2013:  Associate Fellow, Division of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Warwick
  • 1995 – 1997:  Consultant Ophthalmologist, Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre, City Hospital NHS Trust, Birmingham
  • 1991 – 1995:  Lecturer in Ophthalmology, University of Birmingham
  • 1994:  Fellow and Honorary Senior Registrar, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London
  • 1993 – 1997:  Honorary Research Fellow, Vision Sciences, Aston University
Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching of ophthalmology and vision sciences to medical students and students in allied disciplines.
  • Human perception of polarized light and its application to the detection of eye disorders.
  • The interaction of polarized light with biological structures.
  • Physiological optics.
2017- current: Principle Investigator TaNSiT and CaMPol studies, sponsor ESCRS
Available to supervise new suitable applicants in ophthalmology and vision sciences

Royal College of Ophthalmologists (Fellow)
Royal College of Surgeons of England (Fellow)
British Medical Association

most recently;

54 Misson, G. P., B. H. Timmerman, et al. (2015). Human perception of visual stimuli modulated by direction of linear polarization. Vision Research 115, Part A: 48-57

52 Misson, G. P. (2010). The theory and implications of the biaxial model of corneal birefringence. Ophthal Physiol Opt 30(6): 834-846

51 Misson, G. P., Timmerman B. H., Bryanston-Cross, P. J. (2007). Human corneal stromal lamellar organization: a polarized light study in pseudophakic eyes. J Mod Optics 55(4-5): 625-638.

50 Misson, G. P., Harris,, W. F., Cardoso, J. R., van Gool,  R. D. (2007). Dimensionless Ray Transference. Ophthal Physiol Opt 27(5): 502-5.

49 Misson, G. P. (2007). Circular polarization biomicroscopy: a method for determining human corneal stromal lamellar organization in vivo. Ophthal Physiol Opt 27(3): 256-64.

48 Misson, G. P. (2003). A Mueller matrix model of Haidinger's brushes. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt 23(5): 441-7.