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Dr Angharad Hobby

Dr Angharad Hobby

+44 (0)29 2087 0588
1.26/2.19, Optometry and Vision Sciences, Maindy Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ


As an optometrist and researcher my main clinical interests lie in paediatric optometry and low vision, and my research interests are in clinical research and public health.

I am currently working on two public/population health projects. The first is examining acute eye conditions in primary and secondary care where we are investigating the unmet need to better understand each of the different providers of urgent eye care. The second is an evaluation of pilot schemes for new community-based eye care services designed to alleviate progressively unsustainable pressures on hospital ophthalmology outpatient services. I am using mixed methods approaches for evaluation in these projects including Patient Reported Outcome Measures, Patient Reported Experience Measures, and participant interviews. This research is supported and funded by the Accelerate program and WEFO.

My other roles within the school include chairing the Research Staff Forum, organising the Postgraduate Research seminar series, and assisting with teaching and admissions when required. Outside of the school I'm a Council and Board member of Optometry Wales, a STEM Ambassador, and practice clinically as a locum and hospital optometrist in the Cardiff and Vale, Cwm Taf Morgannwg, and Swansea Bay areas.

I completed my PhD as part of the David Crabb Lab at City, University of London. This research was funded by the College of Optometrists and investigated the long-term effect of anti-VEGF therapy on retinal structure and function in persons with neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration.



  • 2021 - PhD in Optometry and Vision Sciences, City, University of London, UK
  • 2015 - Associate Fellow of the Higher Edcation Academy (AFHEA)
  • 2014 - Member of the College of Optometrists (MCOptom)
  • 2013 - BSc (Hons) in Optometry, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK

Academic Positions

  • 2018 - present, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cardiff University, UK

Clinical Positions

  • 2021 - present, COVID19 Immuniser, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
  • 2018 - present, Senior/Bank Hospital Optometrist, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, and Swansea Bay University Health Board, South Wales, UK
  • 2014 - present, Locum Optometrist, Hampshire and Wales, UK
  • 2015 - 2017, Low Vision Specialist Optometrist, East Sussex NHS Healthcare Trust, Eastbourne, UK
  • 2013 - 2014, Optometrist/Pre-Registration Optometrist, Davies and Jones Optometrists, Rhondda Valley, UK

Honours and awards


  • Travel Grant (£1000) to attend ARVO 2018 Conference, Honolulu HI. Awarded by the College of Optometrists


  • Poster awarded ‘Hot Topic’ status at ARVO 2016 Conference, Seattle WA
  • Best poster prize - School of Health Science Doctoral Research Conference, City, University of London


  • Optician Awards ‘Leader of the Future’ award (winner)
  • Association of Optometrists ‘Student of the Year’ award (winner)


  • CiBA Vision prize for the best CAL (Computer Aided Learning) dissertation
  • Association of Optometrists ‘Student of the Year’ award (runner up)

Professional memberships

  • Registered with the General Optical Council (01-28153)
  • Member of The College of Optometrists (MCOptom)
  • Member of the Association of Optometirsts
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

Academic positions

  • 2014 - 2019: PhD Researcher, City, University of London, UK
  • 2015 - 2018: Postgraduate Clinical Tutor: City, University of London, UK
  • 2018: Research Assistant, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London, UK
  • 2017: Researcher, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK
  • 2015 - 2017: Researcher, St Thomas' Hospital, London, UK

Speaking engagements

  • Functional Assesment of the Retina with Electroretinography, Hospital Optometrists Annual Conference, Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK (2018)
  • Cornea to Cortex, Cardiff University (2017)

Committees and reviewing

  • BCOVS conference committee member, 2020 & 2021
  • Women in Vision UK Committee - Early Career Researcher Representative (2019 - 2020)
  • Optometry Wales, Council Member (2019 - present), Board Member (2021 - present)
  • The College of Optometrists - Council Member (Wales 2019 - 2020, South East 2017 - 2019), Research Committee Member (2017 - 2020), Newly Qualified Optometrist Reference Group Member (2015 - 2019)









I am currently a clinical tutor on various WOPEC courses including:

  • Optical Assistant Training Course
  • EHEW Accreditation/Reaccreditation
  • C21 Ophthalmology (Undergraduate Medicine)

My main research interests are in clinical research and public health. I am currently working on two public/population health projects examining acute eye conditions in primary and secondary care, and pilots schemes for new community-based eye care services.

Presented Research   

  • Paper Presentation, EURETINA 2018, Vienna, Austria
  • Poster Presentation, ARVO 2018, Honolulu, HI
  • Paper Presentation, BCOVS 2017, Plymouth, England
  • Paper Presentation, City, University of London, Doctoral Research Conference 2017, London, UK
  • Poster Presentation, Optometry Tomorrow 2017, Birmingham, England
  • Paper Presentation, BCOVS 2016, Coleraine, Northern Ireland
  • Poster Presentation, ARVO 2016, Seattle, WA
  • Poster Presentation, City, UoL Doctoral Research Conference 2016, London, UK
  • Poster Presentation, BriSCEV 2015 Conference, Oxford, England
  • Poster Presentation, BCOVS 2015, City, University of London, London, England
  • Poster Presentation, City, UoL Doctoral Research Conference 2015, London, UK


  • 2018, The College of Optometrists Travel Grant (ARVO 2018)
  • 2014, The College of Optometrists PhD Scholarship


Past projects