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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


Community practice

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


Hospital practice

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


Other positions

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


External Committees:                       

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.