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Dr Ian Pacey

LocationG28, Richmond building
DepartmentBradford School of Optometry and Vision Sciences
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 234632

Research Interests (key words only)

ocular imaging, visual perception

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Co-module leader for the stage 2 module 'Assessment & Management of Binocular Vision' and contributes towards the glaucoma section of the stage 3 module 'Ocular & Systemic Disease'.

Administrative Responsibilities

As Head of Binocular Vision, Ian is responsible for and supervises in Third Year paediatric and binocular vision clinics. He also supervises diabetic/ophthalmic grand rounds clinics and primary care clinics.


Ian moved to the Department of Optometry at the University of Bradford as a research assistant investigating visual perception in patients with amblyopia in collaboration with Dr. Brendan Barrett. He was appointed as a lecturer in July 1999.

Prior to the appointment of a full time Clinic Director Ian was Head of Primary Care for The Eye Clinic and his safe hands mean he has had the added responsibility of being the departmental goalkeeper.

Study History

Ian graduated from the University of Aston with a BSc in Ophthalmic Optics in 1992 and registered with the GOC and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1993.

He returned to Aston and obtained his PhD by studying the variablity of perimetry in normals and in patients with glaucoma.

Research Areas

Ian's research interests are mainly in the areas of ocular imaging and visual perception of patients with amblyopia or glaucoma.

Current work in amblyopia is aimed at: (1) evaluating the extent to which amblyopia should be considered to be a visually-disabling condition and (2) understanding the aetiology of amblyopia (including subtle structural deficits).  

Research in this area is being carried out in collaboration with Dr. Brendan Barrett and the team currently consists of two PhD students (Alison Bruce and Eve Panesar) and one post-doctoral research assistant (Dr. Marta Vianya. Some of the work in this area has benefitted from the support of the UK's Department of Health.

Work in patients with glaucoma has been aimed at (1) investigating ocular structural associations and (2) developing novel techniques to investigate visual function. Both of these fit the broader aim of early detection of glaucomatous optic neuropathy and have provided the basis for two recently completed PhD theses (by Ganeshbabu T Mahalingam and José B Ares Gomez).

Ian is also co-supervising a PhD student (Asieh Ehsaei) with Dr. Edward Mallen and Dr. Catharine Chisholm who is looking at the relationship between the structure and function of the myopic eye.

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