Dr Anne Bjerre


Lecturer in Orthoptics

Academic Unit of Ophthalmology & Orthoptics
The Medical School
Beech Hill Road
S10 2RX

Office: E104c

Tel: +44 (0) 114 215 9038
Fax: +44 (0) 114 271 3314

Email: a.bjerre@sheffield.ac.uk


I qualified as Orthoptists from the University of Liverpool in 1997 and completed a Masters in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science at the University of Manchester in 1999. Throughout my career I have combined clinical orthoptics, teaching and research. I have practised at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust and Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. In 2002 I completed a Masters Module Facilitating Education in your Workplace at University of Salford.

I joined the University of Sheffield in 2004 as lecturer in Orthoptics. I enjoy teaching a broad range of topics for the BMedSci (Orthoptics) degree, provide personal and academic tutorial support and be research project supervisor for BMedSci (Orthoptics) and MMedSci (Vision and Strabismus) students. I am the Admissions Tutor and lead the Associate Professional Studies unit for the BMedSci (Orthoptic) programme.

Research Interests

My main research interests include visual field testing, measure of extraocular muscle excursion, visual acuity assessment methods and improving the patient experience of nystagmus patients. I have investigated the feasibility and variability of kinetic and static perimetry with particular focus on children and stroke patients. I am also exploring the most accurate and reliable method of measuring extraocular muscle excursions using semi-automated perimetry. A range of computerised and tablet based visual acuity tests have become available and I am interested in comparing these to the standard clinical tests I am also interested in evaluating how to improve the care and support of nystagmus patients developing standardised information leaflets and through the use of virtual reality applications (http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/oncology-metabolism/research/ophthalmology-orthoptics/research/assessmentofvision/virtual-reality-nystagmus) .

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests is in the areas of Orthoptics, Clinical Orthoptics and Medical Ethics. I have a particular interest in stroke, visual acuity assessment, nystagmus, eye movement assessment and visual field testing. In 2013, I took on the role of leading the Associated Professional Studies unit for the BMedSci (Orthoptic) programme. I have keen interest in developing new online teaching resourcesand using technology in teaching and assessment. I am the departmental contact and one of the supervisors for the Faculty Health Challenge (https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/faculty/medicine-dentistry-health/achievemore-healthchallenge ). This challenge will enhance students’ academic and personal development and give an excellent opportunity to acquire multi-disciplinary team working skills. I have developed the extracurricular Orthoptic Volunteering activities which can form part of students’ Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

Professional activities

• Honorary Orthoptic Clinical Contract at the Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
• Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered
• Member of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS)
• Member of the Stroke and Neuro-rehabilitation Specialist Interest Group of the BIOS
• Member of the BIOS research committee
• Member of the British Isle Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Association (BIPOSA)
• BIOS representative for the committee of the Orthoptistes de la Communauté Européene (OCE)
• OCE secretary (http://euro-orthoptics.com/en/site/oce/office-of-the-executive-council/ )
• Member of the OCE Education committee

Research Activities and Supervision

Current research projects include extraocular muscle excursion using semi-automated perimetry, examine the benefit of using apps in stroke patients and produce nystagmus patient information resources.

I supervise undergraduate projects and postgraduate research project students on the MMedSci (Vision and Strabismus) programme

Current MMedSci Students

Olivia Quarterman: A comparison of reading rates in stroke patients using three different text formats. Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Megan Ranger: Comparing logMAR 6m Thompson computerised vision testing chart to Sonksen linear test. University Southampton Hospital NHS Trust, Southampton.

Sarah Whitecross: Test-related reliability and variability of Goldmann visual field testing in children aged 4 to 18 with neurofibromatosis and optic pathway glioma. Boston Children's Hospital. USA.

Recent MMedSci Students

Jamie Spofforth: A comparison of the visualFields easy app for iPad with the Humphrey Visual Field Analyser to diagnose and classify visual field defects in patients post-stroke. Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. London.

Daisy McKeith: Comparison of the logMAR crowded and Sonksen logMAR visual acuity tests in children with amblyopia. Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

Aaron Dawkins: Do the computerised and non-computerised crowded Kay picture tests produce the same measure of visual acuity? Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Fiona Beckett: The effect of the mode of birth delivery on the subsequent development of strabismus. Harrogate District Hospital.

Eline de Jongh: When may variation in deviations of strabismus be considered as real change? Rotterdam Eye Hospital, Holland.

Grants and Awards

In 2015, in collaboration with Helen Griffiths and Gemma Arblaster, we were awarded two grants from the Nystagmus Network to develop research and teaching of the clinical assessment and information given to patients with nystagmus. In 2015 and 2016, my colleagues and I received money from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Curriculum Development Fund to develop online learning resources for students.

  • University of Sheffield funded On campus student placement, October 2015: £899
  • Yorkshire and Humber Health Education, September 2015: £19 605
  • Nystagmus Network – Nystagmus training, September 2015: £10 000
  • Nystagmus Network – Nystagmus Information Pack Project, June 2015: £1000
  • University of Sheffield, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, Learning and Teaching Development Fund. May 2015: £1200


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. de Jongh E, Leach C, Tjon-Fo-Sang MJ, Bjerre A. Inter-examiner variability and agreement of the alternate prism cover test (APCT) measurements of strabismus performed by 4 examiners. Strabismus. 2014;22:158-66.
  4. Bjerre A, Codina C, Griffiths H. Peripheral visual fields in children and young adults using semi-automated kinetic perimetry: Feasibility of testing, normative data, and repeatability. Neuro-Ophthalmol. 2014;8:189-98.
  5. Bjerre A, Baldwin L. Comparison of the uniocular field of fixation assessed objectively and subjectively using the Goldmann perimeter. Br Ir Orthopt J. 2012;9:55-58
  6. Vickers S, Bjerre A, Buckley D. Are orthoptic measures robust during exposure to unpleasant environmental noise? Br Ir Orthopt J. 2012;9:63-67.
  7. Bjerre A, Henson DB, Grigg JR, Parry NRA. Test-retest variability of multifocal visual evoked potential and SITA standard perimetry in glaucoma. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2004; 45:4035-4040.
  8. Bjerre A, Henson DB, Kwartz AJ, Mahmood S, Grigg JR, Spencer AF. Confimatory results in suspect glaucoma patients with normal visual field and abnormal retinal nerve fiber layer findings. Perimetry Update 2002/2003:277-286
  9. Abadi RV, Bjerre A. Motor and sensory characteristics of infantile nystagmus. Br J Ophthalmol. 2002;86:1152-1160

Recent Presentations

  1. Bjerre A, Farr R. Summative peer assessment of ePoster presentations using iPads. 3.-7. July 2017. Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Fest, University of Sheffield.
  2. Kan MW, Bjerre A. The test-retest variability (TRV) of the COMPlog system in participants with induced non-normal visual acuity. BIOS scientific conference, Cardiff. 28.-29. June 2017.
  3. Bjerre A, Hundal N, Griffiths H. Can Googles sites enhance students’ learning experience? 10th January 2017, 11th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Sheffield.
  4. Bjerre A, Griffiths H, Arblaster G, Davis H. Public engagement in the development of a student-led learning resource on visual impairment. 1st Orthoptiste de la Communauté Européenne (OCE) education workshop at the European Strabismological Association (ESA) conference, Budapest.
  5. Bjerre A, Hundal N, Griffiths H. Can Googles sites enhance learning experience? 27.-30. June 2016. The International Orthoptic Association (IOA) Congress, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  6. Bjerre A, Robertson D. Are Lea symbols and numbers comparable to the ETDRS using a computerised chart? 27.-30. June 2016. The International Orthoptic Association (IOA) Congress, Rotterdam.
  7. Burgess M, Bjerre A. The comparability of computerised and non-computerised visual acuity tests. 27.-30. June 2016. The IOA Congress, Rotterdam.
  8. Bjerre A, Griffiths H, Arblaster G, Davis H. Visual Impairment project. 6th June 2016. Teaching Circle - CDF presentations. University of Sheffield.
  9. Bjerre A. Orthoptic management of intermittent exotropia. 2. April 2016. Dansk Medicinsk Ortoptisk Forenings Årsmøde, Roskilde, Denmark.
  10. Bjerre A, Rhodes M, Salvi SM, Codina C. A comparison of extraocular muscle excursions on the Octopus perimeter and orthoptic ocular motility assessment in Graves' Orbitopathy. Presentation. 23.-25. September 2015. BIPOSA, Cardiff.
  11. Bjerre A, Parkinson J. Visual outcome following atropine induced reverse amblyopia. E-Poster. 23.-25. September 2015. BIPOSA, Cardiff.
  12. Kirkland A, Bjerre A. Design and validation of a new portable crowded Lea number visual acuity test. E-Poster. 23.-25. September 2015. BIPOSA, Cardiff.
  13. Bjerre A, Arblaster GE, Fox S, Burchell VJ, Kerekes F, Griffiths HJ. How can the patient experience for individuals with nystagmus be improved? – a patient and family perspective. Poster 9-10. July 2015. BIOS Annual Scientific Conference, Birmingham.
  14. Arblaster GE, Griffiths HJ, Bjerre A, Coughlan A, Darley L, Gibbings N, Mather F, McCourtney R, OBrian F, Robertson D. Living with nystagmus – the patient perspective. Poster 9-10. July 2015. BIOS Annual Scientific Conference, Birmingham.
  15. Beckett F, Bjerre A. Does the mode of birth delivery affect the development of strabismus? Poster 9-10. July 2015. BIOS Annual Scientific Conference, Birmingham.
  16. Griffiths HJ, Bjerre A, Arblaster GE. Nystagmus Network open day - Students and service users building educational resources. Poster. 30. June. Teaching Circle. University of Sheffield.
  17. Bjerre A. Measuring extraocular muscle excursions using the Octopus perimeter. Presentation. 21. Marts 2015. Dansk Medicinsk Orthoptist Forening (DMOF) annual meeting. Denmark.
  18. Bjerre A. The role of orthoptists in stroke patients. Presentation. 21. Marts 2015. Dansk Medicinsk Orthoptist Forening (DMOF) annual meeting. Denmark.

For a full list of publications please visit myPublications