Dr Gail Maconachie

Division of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics, Health Sciences School

University Teacher & Admissions Tutor

+44 114 225 9034

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Dr Gail Maconachie
Division of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics, Health Sciences School
The Medical School
Beech Hill Road
S10 2RX

I graduated from the University of Sheffield as an undergraduate with a BMedSci (Orthoptics) in 2009. Following my degree, I took up a post as a research orthoptist at the University of Leicester with an honorary clinical orthoptic contract with the Leicester Royal Infirmary. Alongside this role I under-took a part-time PhD with Professor Irene Gottlob and Dr Frank Proudlock looking at adherence in amblyopia treatment and the development of strabismus. I completed my PhD in 2015 and continued to work as a research orthoptist working within the department with a focus on amblyopia clinical trials and genetics in nystagmus.

In October 2018, I gained a lecturer post at the University of Sheffield. In 2020 I became module lead for our second year undergraduate orthoptic modules and module lead for eye to vision on our distance learning MMedSci Course. I also continue to collaborate with the University of Leicester as an honorary research fellow.

Research interests

My two main research interest areas are ocular genetics and amblyopia treatment.


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  • “Improving the genetic diagnosis in infantile nystagmus” - Fight for Sight 2017 – co applicant
  • “Can feedback increase adherence to patching and spectacle wear in amblyopia” - National Eye Research Centre 2013 – co-applicant
Teaching interests

Module Lead:

  • ORT210 clinical orthoptics
  • ORT212 Strabismus and Ocular Motility
  • ORT6003 Eye to Vision
Teaching activities

Undergraduate Admission Tutor

Professional activities and memberships
  • Member of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society
  • Registered with the Health Profession Council
  • Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Leicester
  • Co-Lead for the British & Irish Orthoptic Society Early Career Research Orthoptists network