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Dr Raymond Beirne PhD, MCOptom

Lecturer in Optometry

Raymond graduated with 1st class Honours in Optometry from the University of Ulster in 1998 and became a GOC registered optometrist in 1999 after completing his pre-registration training at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Raymond worked in hospital and high street optometry before completing a PhD in 2005 under the supervision of Professor Roger Anderson and  Dr Margarita Vidinova in visual psychophysics. He was appointed as a lecturer at the University of Ulster in 2006 and his research interests include human visual psychophysics and the ageing eye.

The aim of this research is to better understand how visual function changes with age in the healthy eye, in order to differentiate between normal ageing and pathological changes in visual function. Raymond is involved in a variety of laboratory-based and clinical studies of human visual function, which have focused on how changes in retinal ganglion cell density impact upon visual function with ageing and in ocular disease such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.

He is currently investigating the role of the macular pigment in human visual performance in the normal eye. The macular pigment consists of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin and it is thought to have a variety of roles in the eye including those as a protective filter against damaging short wavelength light, as an anti-oxidant and as a filter, which can improve visual function. The aim of this research is to better understand the role of the macular pigment in the human eye and the factors, which may influence its density and location.

Raymond is also actively involved in investigating the clinical outcomes of refractive surgery procedures with intraocular lenses (IOLs) in collaboration with Cathedral Eye Clinic in Belfast. In particular he is interested in quality of vision after refractive surgery with multifocal lens implantation. The aim of this research is to develop quality of vision questionnaires, which can be combined with clinical information to evaluate and optimise surgical outcomes for all patients undertaking this procedure.

Raymond consistently publishes his research findings in high impact peer reviewed eye journals and attends numerous eye conferences including ARVO.

Raymond is module co-ordinator for Advanced Examination Techniques (OPT305) and Advanced Optometric Practice (OPT509) and he contributes to teaching on the undergraduate modules Visual Function (OPT302), Contact Lenses (OPT303), Patient Management (OPT505) and Optometry Research Project (OPT504) for undergraduate Optometry at Ulster. He also contributes to the MSc Clinical Visual Science teaching on modules OPT801: Age-related macular degeneration and Assessment and management and OPT806: Vision Science MSc Research Project.

Raymond is an Examiner for the College of Optometrists Pre-registration year Final Assessments (OSCEs).

Dr Raymond Beirne PhD, MCOptom

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Dr Raymond Beirne
Lecturer in Optometry
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute

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Room G161
School of Biomedical Sciences
University of Ulster
Coleraine campus
Cromore Road
Coleraine
Co. Londonderry
BT52 1SA

phone: +44 28 70124477
Email: r.beirne@ulster.ac.uk

Dr Raymond Beirne PhD, MCOptom - Publications

Number of items: 22.

Zlatkova, Margarita, Beirne, Raymond and Hinds, Nuala (2014) Color discrimination in individuals with light and dark irides: an evaluation of the effects of intraocular straylight and retinal illumination.. Journal of Optical Society of America, 31 (4). pp. A268-A273.

Beirne, Raymond (2013) The macular pigment optical density spatial profile and increasing age. Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, Online first.

Beirne, Raymond O (2013) Macular pigment levels do not influence C-Quant retinal straylight estimates in young Caucasians. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 96. pp. n/a.

Zlatkova, Margarita and Beirne, Raymond (2013) The effect of straylight and iris pigmentation on the Farnsworth‐Munsell 100‐Hue Test of colour discrimination. . In: The 22nd Symposium of the International Colour Vision Society , Winchester, United Kingdom . The Colour Group (Great Britain).

Beirne, Raymond (2013) The macular pigment optical density spatial profile and increasing age.. European Journal of Ophthalmology. , 23 (4). pp. 604-613.

Beirne, Raymond (2013) The relationship between foveal short-wavelength-sensitive visual function and macular pigment optical density in the ageing age. Vision Research, 86. pp. 81.

Beirne, Raymond (2012) The Relationship between Macular Pigment Optical Density and Retinal Straylight.. In: ARVO 2012. www.arvo.org.

Beirne, Raymond (2011) The relationship between short-wavelength-sensitive acuity and macular pigment optical density in the ageing eye..

Vidinova, Margarita, Beirne, Raymond, Anderson, Roger and Williams, Rachel (2009) Scotopic contrast sensitivity and the level of retinal stray light.. In: Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2009 Annual Meeting. IOVS. Vol 50

Beirne, Raymond, Mcllreavy, Lee and Zlatkova, Margarita (2008) The effect of age-related lens yellowing on Farnsworth-Munsell 100 hue error score. OPHTHALMIC AND PHYSIOLOGICAL OPTICS, 28 (5). pp. 448-456.

Beirne, Raymond, Zlatkova, Margarita, Chang, Chin-Kuo, Chakravarthy, Usha and Anderson, Roger (2008) How does the short-wavelength-sensitive contrast sensitivity function for detection and resolution change with age in the periphery?. VISION RESEARCH, 48 (18). pp. 1894-1901.

Graham, JE, Graham, RLJ, Beirne, Raymond, McGilligan, Victoria, Downes, Stephen, Moore, Johnny, Moore, Tara and McMullan, Geoffrey (2008) The Use of Conjunctival Swab for the Proteomic Characterisation of Dry Eye Syndrome. Journal of Proteomics and Bioinformatics, 1. pp. 20-33.

Beirne, Raymond, Hogg, Ruth, Stevenson, Michael, Anderson, Roger and Chakravarthy, Usha (2008) Visual function, age-related maculopathy stage and the subsequent development of age-related macular degeneration. . In: . . Vol 49 (5), 2223-2301

McGilligan, Victoria, Graham, JE, Moore, Johnny, McMullan, Geoffrey, Graham, RLJ, Beirne, Raymond, Downes, Stephen and Moore, Tara (2007) Proteomic analysis of conjucntival swab by mass spectrometry. . In: EVER, Slovenia. Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica. Vol 85 (Suppl 240)

McGilligan, Victoria, graham, JE, Moore, Johnny, McMullan, Geoffrey, Graham, RLJ, Beirne, Raymond, Downes, Stephen and Moore, Tara (2007) Proteomic analysis of conjucntival swab by mass spectrometry. In: International Tear Film and Ocular Surface Conference , Sciliy. International Conference, tear film & ocular surface: basic science and clinical relevance. Vol 85 (Suppl 240)

Hogg, Ruth E., Stevenson, Michael R., Chakravarthy, Usha, Beirne, Raymond and Anderson, Roger (2007) Early features of AMD. OPHTHALMOLOGY, 114 (5). pp. 1027-1028.

Beirne, Raymond, Hogg, Ruth E., Stevenson, Michael R., Vidinova, Margarita, Chakravarthy, Usha and Anderson, Roger (2006) Severity staging by early features of age-related maculopathy exhibits weak relationships with functional deficits on SWS grating acuity. INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE, 47 (10). pp. 4624-4631.

Beirne, Raymond, Vidinova, Margarita and Anderson, Roger (2005) Changes in human short-wavelength-sensitive and achromatic resolution acuity with retinal eccentricity and meridian. VISUAL NEUROSCIENCE, 22 (1). pp. 79-86.

Beirne, Raymond, Logan, JFJ, Vidinova, Margarita, Jackson, AJ, Rankin, SJA, Demirel, S and Anderson, Roger (2003) Peripheral resolution for achromatic and SWS gratings in early to moderate glaucoma and the implications for selective ganglion cell density loss. INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE, 44 (11). pp. 4780-4786.

Beirne, Raymond, Logan, JF, Zlatkova, Margarita, Jackson, AJ, Rankin, SJ, Demirel, S and Anderson, Roger (2003) Peripheral resolution for achromatic and SWS gratings in early to moderate glaucoma and the implications for selective ganglion cell density loss.. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci, 44 (11). pp. 4780-4786.

Anderson, Roger, Vidinova, Margarita and Beirne, Raymond (2002) The contrast sensitivity function for detection and resolution of blue-on-yellow gratings in foveal and peripheral vision. OPHTHALMIC AND PHYSIOLOGICAL OPTICS, 22 (5). pp. 420-426.

Zlatkova, Margarita, Anderson, Roger and Beirne, Raymond (2002) The effect of number of cycles on detection of S-cone isolating gratings in central and peripheral vision. PERCEPTION, 31 (Suppl. S). pp. 69.

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