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Professor David Elliott

PositionProfessor of Clinical Vision Science
LocationG38, Richmond building
DepartmentBradford School of Optometry and Vision Sciences
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 235224

Research Interests (key words only)

vision and falls, vision-related quality of life, vision and dizziness, astigmatism and adaptation

PhD Supervision

  • Amy Hughes
  • Deborah Armstrong
  • Elvira Supuk

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Clinical Optometry and Communication Skills


  • Assistant Professor, School of Optometry, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (1991-95)
  • University of Bradford, UK (1995-present)

Study History

PhD, Optometry, University of Bradford, 1988

Professional History

Joined the School of Optometry at the University of Waterloo in Canada as an Assistant Professor, before returning to Bradford in 1995 as Senior Lecturer. Subsequently promoted to Reader and then, in 2003, to Professor of Clinical Vision Science.

Professional Activities

Research Areas

Primary area of research is in clinical vision science, particularly issues related to quality of life and includes assessment of quality of life with refractive correction, vision control of gait and posture and assessment of cataract.

Recent research support from NIHR, the Department of Health (UK), The Dunhill Medical Trust, The Health Foundation and The College of Optometrists.

The research team currently consists of:

  • John Buckley (Medical Engineering)
  • Louise Johnson (Physiotherapy)
  • Andy Scally (Radiography)
  • Post doctoral research associates: Drs. Alison Alderson, Chris Davey and Rich Foster
  • PhD students: Alan de Asha, Chris Howell-Duffy and Elvira Supuk


Foster RJ, Hotchkiss J, Buckley JG, Elliott DB. Safety on stairs: Influence of a tread edge highlighter and its position. Experimental Gerontology 55:152-158, 2014

Elliott DB. The Glenn A. Fry Award lecture 2013: Blurred vision, spectacle correction, and falls in older adults. Optometry & Vision Science 91: 593- 601, 2014

Supuk E, Alderson A, Davey CJ, Green C, Litvin N, Scally AJ, Elliott DB. Dizziness, but not falls rate, improves after routine cataract surgery: the role of refractive and spectacle changes. Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics 36(2):183-190, 2016

Elliott DB, Hotchkiss J, Scally AJ, Foster R, Buckley JG. Intermediate addition multifocals provide safe stair ambulation with adequate 'short-term' reading. Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics; 36(1):60-68, 2016

Elliott DB, Foster RJ, Whitaker D, Scally AJ, Buckley JG. Analysis of lower limb movement to determine the effect of manipulating the appearance of stairs to improve safety: a linked series of laboratory-based, repeated measures studies. Public Health Research; 3 (8): DOI:, 2015

Foster RJ, Whitaker D, Scally AJ, Buckley JG, Elliott DB. What you see is what you step: the horizontal-vertical illusion increases toe clearance in older adults during stair ascent. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science; 56(5): 2950-2957, 2015

Further details on ResearchGate and Google Scholar.


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