Dr Barbara Ryan
Educational and Professional Qualifications:
Bsc Hons Optometry and Vision Science, City University 1991
Membership College of Optometrists 1992
PhD Cardiff University 2009
Positions at Cardiff University
2012 to present Director, Postgraduate Taught Programme
2009 to 2012 Co-Director, Wales Optometry Postgraduate Optometry Centre
2003 to 2012 Training and Accreditation Manager, Welsh Eye Care Initiative
Wales Government/ Cardiff University
Welsh Government positions
2012 to present Chief Optometric Advisor, Welsh Government (seconded from Cardiff University
Previous teaching positions
2001 to 2003 Director of the Low Vision Clinic and Clinical Tutor, Bradford University
1994 to 1996 Clinical Tutor and Visiting Lecturer, Aston University
2003 to present Optometrist (0.2 FTE), Monnow Eye Care, Monmouth
2002 to 2003 Optometrist, Bradley and Smith Optometrists, Huddersfield
2001 to 2002 Optometrist, Specsavers, Halifax
1995 to 2000 Senior Optometrist, Scleral Contact Lens Clinic, Birmingham Midland Eye Centre
1994 to 1996 Head of Optometry Department (Acting), Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
1993 to 1994 Maiduguri Eye Hospital, Nigeria
1992 to 1993 Optometrist, Oxford Eye Hospital
1991 to 1992 Pre- Registration Optometrist, Oxford Eye Hospital
2003 to 2012 Clinical Lead, Welsh Low Vision Service Hywel Dda Health Board/ Cardiff University
1999 to 2001 Head of Low Vision and Eye Health,Royal National Institute for the Blind, London
1998 to 1999 Head of Low Vision, The Royal National Institute for the Blind, London
1996 to 1998 Low Vision Officer, The Royal National Institute for the Blind, London
1995 to 2000 Senior Optometrist, Multi-Disciplinary Low Vision Service, Birmingham Focus
School and University Roles and Committees:
Director, Postgraduate Taught Programmes
Chair, Postgraduate Exam Board, Optometry and Vision Sciences
Chair, Postgraduate Board of Studies
Founding Co-Director, WOPEC
School Board, Optometry and Vision Sciences
2013 to present Chair, Eye Health Care Steering Group, Welsh Government
2011 to 2012 Chair, Low Vision Higher Qualifications Committee, College of Optometrists
2011 to present External Examiner, Aston University
2011 to 2012 Deputy Chair, Low Vision Service Development Committee (Statutory Committee Advising Welsh Assembly Government on Low Vision Services)
2009 to2011 Deputy Chair MEGAFOCUS (Statutory Committee Advising Welsh Assembly Government on Eyecare for BME groups)
2008 to present College of Optometry, OSCE Writing Group
2008 to 2009 College of Optometry, Final Assessment Review Group
2007 to 2012 Trustee, Sight Support.
2006 to 2012 External Examiner, MSc Visual Impairment, City University
2004 to 2013 Wales Low Vision Advisory Group
1998 to 2000 Professional Secretary, Low Vision Consensus Committee
1996 to 2000 Optical Vouchers Consultative Committee (Statutory Committee Advising DOH)
1996 to present Examiner, The College of Optometrists
Innovation and Engagement
Many Continuing Education events for Optometrists.
2011 Invited Lecture, Annual Rural Doctor’s Conference, April 2011. Visual impairment in older people.
2011 Invited Lecture, OVN National Optometric Conference, Holland Low Vision in the 21st Century.
2010 Invited Lecture and Chair, International Macular Disease Conference, Serbia. Low Vision Rehabilitation for people with Macular Disease.
2010 Invited Lecture, National Optometry Conference, London Nov 2010. Postgraduate Optometry Education: Why? What? Who? and How?
2010 Invited Keynote Lecture, Low Vision Symposium, Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast Oct 2010. Low Vision in the 21st Century.
2010 Chair, Wales Eye Care Conference 2010.
2010 Keynote address, European Optometry Conference, Copenhagen May 2010. Postgraduate Optometry Education: Why? What? Who? and How?
2009 Invited Keynote Lecture, Low Vision Symposium, Saudi Arabia. Low Vision Rehabilitation.