Professor James Wolffsohn

Member of the Undergraduate Optometry Programme

Prof James Wolffsohn

School of Life and Health Sciences
Aston University
B4 7ET

tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4140
fax: +44 (0) 121 204 4048

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  • 1993 Honours degree in Optometry (first class), University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST)
  • 1994 Membership, College of Optometrists (CoO)

  • 1994 General Optical Council (GOC) registration
  • 1997 PhD (Cardiff University)
  • 1998 Fellowship, American Academy of Optometry
  • 1999 Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Clinical Optometry (Melbourne University)
  • 2001 Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Aston University)
  • 2001 Fellowship, Higher Education Academy
  • 2002 Fellowship, International Association of Contact Lens Educators
  • 2006 Fellowship, British Contact Lens Association
  • 2000 Aston University: Lecturer
  • 2002 Aston University: Senior Lecturer
  • 2006 Aston University: Reader
  • 2007 Aston University: Personal Chair in Optometry
  • 2009 Masters in Business Administration (Aston University)
  • 2010 Membership of Beta Gamma Sigma
  • 2011 Graduate of Common Purpose
  • 2011 Fellowship of Society of Biology
  • 2011 Diplomate of American Academy of Optometry (Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies Section)
  • 2012 Fellowship of the College of Optometrists
  • 2014 Principal Fellowship of Higher Education Academy
  • 2015 University of Houston: Adjunct Professor
  • 2016 Aston University: Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor
Second Year Undergraduate
  • Contact Lenses (Module Leader)

Third Year Undergraduate and Graduate Diploma in Optometry

  • Elective Studies (Supervisor) 

Masters in Optometry

  • Ocular Prescribing (Module Leader)

Ophthalmic Doctorate

  • Advanced Contact Lenses (Module Leader)

MSc Clinical Health Management

  • Leadership (Module Leader)

Biomedical Engineering

  • Research Elective (Module Leader and Supervisor)
  • Leadership (Module Leader)

Publications and Grants:


Over 185 research papers, 20 book Chapters and two books principally in the areas of dry eye, contact lenses, intraocular lenses, accommodation and low vision. Over 255 abstracts published at conferences in Europe, USA, Asia and Australia. Over £5 million in research grants from grant awarding bodies and industry such as: Alcon, Aston EyeTech, Bausch and Lomb, Contamac, CooperVision, EPSRC, European Union, Innovate UK, Johnson and Johnson, Rayner and Thea Pharmaceuticals.


International and National Standing

British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) President (2005-6), Council (2001-7), Fellowship Consultant (2007-2017), Academic Chair (2014 onwards)

Royal Society, BA Festival of Science and Big Bang Exhibits (2008, 2011,2012).

British University Committee of Optometry (2004 onwards).

Aston Optometry Lead (2005-2009).

Aston Deputy Dean of Life and Health Sciences (2010-2016)

Aston associate Pro-Vice Chancellor (2016 onwards)

International Association of Contact Lens Educators - Leadership status (2002 onwards)

British Universities Committee of Contact Lens Educators (2000 onwards) - president (2003), treasurer (2004 onwards)

Editorial Board Member for Contact Lenses and Anterior Eye (2003 onwards), Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics (2007-2010), Clinical and Experimental Optometry (2007 onwards) and Journal of Optometry (2008 onwards)

Associate editor for BMJ Open Ophthalmology (2017 onwards)

Reviewer for all the major clinical vision research journals.

Assessor for projects submitted to UK (SPARC, NHMRC, MRC), Canadian (NSERC), Australian (ARC) and Netherlands (ZonMw) funding bodies along with organisations such as Thresher Research Fund, Stroke Association and Macular Disease Society.

Research collaboration with laboratories in USA, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.Invited speaker at 47 international conferences.

BCLA Dallos Award 2009
BCLA Pioneer’s Award 2013
BCLA Life Fellowship 2015
International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) Educator of the Year (Europe/Africa-Middle East region) 2016
International Optometrist of the Year Award from Universitat Polytecnica de Catalunya 2017

External Appointments

External examiner for 26 theses awarded by Universities of Aston, Bradford, Cardiff, Glasgow, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Queensland University of Technology, Manchester, Melbourne and Sydney. External examiner Dublin Institute of Technology (2005-8) and University of Ulster (2006-9). External Advisor to the King Saud University, Saudi Arabia (2011-12) and University of Portsmouth (2016 onwards).  Fellowship consultant to BCLA (2007-2017) and Academic Chair (2014 onwards).

  • Intraocular lenses. External collaboration: Prof Sunil Shah [Birmingham Midland Eye], Mr Sai Kolli [Queen Elizabeth Hospital Trust], Prof Graeme Young, [Visioncare Research]
  • Contact lenses. External collaboration: Prof Brian Tighe and Biomaterials Team [SEAS, Aston University], Prof Pauline Cho [Hong Kong Polytechnic University], Prof Martin Rubinstein [Leicester Royal Infirmary], Dr Stefan Bandlitz and Dr Heiko Pult [Germany]
  • Dry Eye Disease. External collaboration: European Dry Eye Network (EDEN), Assoc Prof Jennifer Craig [University of Auckland], Prof Lyndon Jones [University of Waterloo]
  • Ocular Allergy. External collaboration: Prof Roy Kennedy, Dr Louise Robertson [University of Worcester]
  • Development of new Optical Instrumentation. External collaboration: Dr Colin Richards & Dr Ben Coldrick [Optimec], Dr Toshifuma Mihashi [Tokyo institute of Technology, Japan]; Dr Tom Drew [Aston EyeTech], Stan K [GiveVision]

Recent Publications