Optometry and Vision Science
The Bradford School of Optometry and Vision Science adopts an interdisciplinary approach to investigating vision and visual perception to address important research questions. Our group contains the following specialist, interdisciplinary labs: vision and mobility lab; colour and lighting lab; adaptive optics lab; transcranial magnetic stimulation lab; and multi-sensory lab.
The School includes multi-disciplinary teams of researchers including optometrists, ophthalmologists, orthoptists, physicists, psychologists and neuroscientists.
80% of the research activity of this group was judged to be of international quality and above in the 2008 Governmentled Research Assessment Exercise.
- Research into eye disease and developmental disorders of vision in collaboration with local hospitals.
- Fundamental research in visual perception and cognition to identify functional mechanisms within the human visual system. In particular, efforts are concentrated on understanding the perception of position, motion, colour and texture.
- Fundamental and clinical research in visual optics, particularly the assessment of corneal topography, accommodation and aberrations. An area of particular interest is the aetiology of myopia and possible links with accommodation and sensitivity to blur.
- Clinical investigation of visual function and quality of life changes due to various ocular disorders such as glaucoma and strabismus.
- Fundamental and clinical psychophysical investigation of developmental abnormalities of human vision including amblyopia (‘lazy eye’) and dyslexia.
- Fundamental and clinical investigation of the role of vision in balance control and gait. In particular, studies are determining whether ophthalmic interventions such as new or improved spectacles or cataract surgery may improve balance and mobility and prevent falls in the elderly.
- Research into various aspects of normal and abnormal colour perception exploring how and where colour is analysed by the visual system using psychophysical, imaging and computational techniques. This includes research into colour memory and colour constancy. We also conduct applied colour research that strives to optimise rendering (computer graphics) and display technology so as to make best use of the physiological and perceptual properties of the human visual system.