Dr Raymond Beirne PhD, MCOptom, FHEA
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).
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