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Mr Pat Friis

PositionResearch Student
LocationG39, Richmond and Bradford Institute for Health Research
DepartmentOptometry and Vision Science

Research Interests (key words only)

Amblyopia, literacy, visual fatigue, vision screening


Originally from Bradford, Pat completed his degree in Optometry at the University, graduating in 2012.

He then joined the Optometry department at St James’s Hospital, Leeds for his pre-registration year where he gained full professional registration.

Pat then moved to North Yorkshire to join Specsavers where he spent a year as an Optometrist and in-store trainer, as well as taking part in the selection process for the following year’s crop of Specsavers pre-registration optometrists.

Returning to Bradford in 2014, Pat is now working on his PhD under the supervision of Dr Alison Bruce, Prof Brendan Barrett and Prof Marina Bloj.

Study History

BSc (Hons) Optometry, 2012, University of Bradford

Professional History

2012 – 2013: Pre-registration Optometrist, St James Hospital, Leeds

2013 – 2014: Optometrist, Specsavers

2014 – present: PhD student, University of Bradford

Professional Activities

Member of the College of Optometrists

Research Areas

Pat is currently working with the Born in Bradford project through Bradford Institute for Health Research, looking at the impact of amblyopia (lazy eye) and visual fatigue on the development of literacy skills in children aged 5 to 8 years.

Current Projects

PhD on the impact of amblyopia and visual fatigue on literacy in children.

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