Dr Lee McIlreavy

Dr Lee McIlreavy


School of Optometry and Vision Sciences

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Professional memberships

  • Registered with the General Optical Council (GOC)
  • Member of the College of Optometrists (MCOptom)
  • Member of the Association of Optometrists (AOP)
  • Member of the Applied Vision Association (AVA)
  • Member of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)

Academic positions

  • 2015 - present: Lecturer, Cardiff University
  • 2012 - 2015: Postgratuate clinical demonstrator, Cardiff University
  • 2008 - 2010: Research fellow with Professor Peter Bex, Schepens Eye Research Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.
  • 2007 - 2008: Pre-registration optometrist, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London

Speaking engagements

  • 2012 - present: Nystagmus Network Open Day, School of Optometry, Cardiff University / Nystagmus Network. Presentation of current nystagmus research at the School of Optometry and answering questions on aspects of nystagmus including waveform, associated conditions and visual functioning
  • 2013 - present: Science in Health Live, School of Medicine, Cardiff University / University Hospital of Wales. Demonstration to introduce high school students to the function of eye movements and how they are recorded in the course of basic research and clinical diagnosis
  • 2013 - present: Brain Games, Cardiff School of Psychology, Cardiff University / Wellcome Trust.  Demonstration of a series of visual illusions aimed at children aged 8-11 to find out more about how their brain works

Committees and reviewing

  • 2016 - present: School REF Open Access Coordinator
  • 2016 - present: Academic Lead for BSc Optometry Year 2
  • 2015 - present: Member of the School Research Ethics Committee
  • 2015 - present: Member of the Green Impact Committee
  • 2015 - present: School Academic Disability Contact

External committees

  • 2009 - 2010: Institutional Review Board for Human Studies, Schepens Eye Research Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.

OP2201 - BSc Optometry Year 2 - Clinical Studies and Dispensing

OP2204 - BSc Optometry Year 2 - Binocular Vision and Optometric Neurophysiology

I conduct basic research, using eye tracking and computer-based tasks, to investigate visual function and motion perception resulting from normal and abnormal development of the human visual system.

All visual input must be processed by the retinas before transmission to the visual cortex of the brain. However, eye movements are constantly directing the retinas to different objects in the environment.  Yet, despite this incessant motion of the retinas, the environment is usually perceived as stationary.

A number of neuro-ophthamic conditions can produce continuous, pathological oscillations of the eyes (a sign called nystagmus) that may or may not result in an illusory motion of the environment (a symptom called oscillopsia).

The objective of my current research is to relate eye movements to measures of visual function and motion perception, in those with and without nystagmus, in an effort to better understand the perception of stationarity, oscillopsia and the consequences of inappropriate motion of the eyes

Research Group

Research Unit for Nystagmus (OPTOM)
Down's Syndrome Vision Research Unit (OPTOM)
Perception & Action (PSYCH)

Current Postgraduate Students (with anticipated completion year)

2019 Asma Ahida Binti Ahmad Zahidi
Characteristics and impact of nystagmus on children with and without Down’s syndrome

2019 Onyx Korn 
Visual perception in the presence of involuntary eye movements


  • Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI) Seed Corn Funding (2017-2018)
  • Fight for Sight / Nystagmus Network joint small grant award (2018-2019)
  • College of Optometrists Research Fellowship (2016 - 2018)
  • Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP) (2016, 2017)
  • Fight for Sight / Nystagmus Network joint small grant award (2013-2014)