David Grant Robinson

Research student, Yr Ysgol Optometreg a Gwyddorau'r Golwg


Educational and Professional Qualifications/Memberships
  • 2009-present:  Member of the General Optical Council
  • 2009-2011, 2013-present: Member of the College Of Optometrists (MCOptom)
  • 2009-present: Member of the Association of Optometrists
  • 2005 – 2008: Optometry BSc (Hons) Cardiff University
Academic Positions

2014-present: Research student, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University

Conference/seminar presentations

2014 British Congress of Optometry and Vision Science, Cardiff University, UK
2014 Speaking of Science Conference, Cardiff University, UK

Honours and Awards

2014 Oral presentation award (1st prize), Speaking of Science Conference, Cardiff University, UK

Research interests

Research Overview

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is believed to affect more than 14 million people in Europe and North America and is the leading cause of visual impairment in the UK. Currently there are no treatments for early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or the advanced form of the disease known as geographic atrophy.

The aetiology of AMD is not fully understood however inflammation, genetics, hypoxia and environmental factors have all been implicated. My research aims to build on the increasing amount of evidence to suggest that an insufficient supply of oxygen to the outer retina may play a role in the pathogenesis of AMD.

As retinal hypoxia is most acute at night (when the retina is most metabolically active) my research involves exposing the eye to a low level of light during sleep in order to potentially reduce the level of hypoxia and slow disease progression in those with early AMD. I am currently investigating this effect through the facilitation of a randomised controlled trial (the ALight Clinical Trial, ISRCT Registered: N82148651).

Research Collaborators

Dr Alison Binns, School of Optometry and Visual Sciences, City University
Ms Claire Bailey, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Clinical Research Unit, Bristol Eye Hospital

Teaching Overview

2015-present: Basic clinical techniques (year 1) OP1201
2014-15: Refraction (year 2) OP2101
2014-15: Investigative techniques (year 2) OP2103

Yr Athro Tom Margrain

Reader, Director of Innovation and Engagement

Dr Alison Binns

Honorary Senior Lecturer