Student Research Projects

Current Research Projects

Students currently plan a research project, apply for ethical approval through Interegrated Research Application System (IRAS), carry out, analyse and write up a research study.  Current topics being investigated are:

  • Comparison of Vision Tests in Children aged 4-5 years
  • Difference between near and distance VA in amblyopia
  • A comparison of the "visualFieldseasy" application for iPad with the Humphrey Visual Field Analyser to diagnose and classify visual field defects in patients post-stroke
  • The effect of Fresnel prisms on the binocular visual functions in a clinical population
  • The effect of unilateral Fresnel prisms on visual function with both eyes
  • Does the level of amblyopia associated with anisometropia affect performance on the TNO and Frisby Near Stereotest in children between the ages of 4 and 9?
  • Stereopsis in Anisometropic Amblyopia using Random Dot and Real Depth Stereotests
  • Test-retest reliability of Goldmann visual field testing in children with neurofibromatosis type 1 associated optic pathway gliomas
  • Comparison of the Retinal Thickness and Retinal Nerve Fibre Layer Thickness using SD-OCT between treated and untreated children with anisometropic or strabismic amblyopia in comparison to healthy eyes
  • An Optical Coherence Tomography measurement comparison of macular and retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness in high myopia and low myopia in Indonesian children
  • Exploration of psychosocial and economic barriers towards spectacle use in District Attock, Pakistan
  • Does using an interactive whiteboard affect reading performance in the classroom?
  • Do the changes that occur in visual acuity in children undergoing amblyopia therapy differ at near and distance?
  • A comparison of the logMAR crowded and Sonksen logMAR visual acuity tests for amblyopic children aged 12 years and under
  • Does Autostereoscopic Video Game Play Affect the Total Horizontal Fusional Amplitudes of 7 to 11-year-old children?

Previous Research Projects

  • Amblyopia treatment and quality of life: the child's perspective on atropine versus patching.  Publication: in preparation


  • Spofforth J, Codina C, Bjerre A. Is the ‘visualFields easy’ application a useful tool to identify visual field defects in patients who have suffered a stroke? Ophthalmology Research: An International Journal. 2017;7:1-10.
  • Dawkins A, Bjerre A. Do the near computerised and non-computerised crowded Kay picture tests produce the same measure of visual acuity? British and Irish Orthoptic Journal. 2016;13:22-28

Conference Presentations

  • Beckett F, Bjerre A. Does the mode of birth delivery affect the development of strabismus? Poster 9-10. July 2015. British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS) Annual Scientific Conference, Birmingham.
  • de Jongh E, Leach C, Tjon-Fo-Sang MJ, Bjerre A. When may variation in deviation of strabismus be considered as real change? Presentation at European Strabismological Association (ESA) conference 4.-7. September 2013.