Eye medic gets professorship

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A MEDICAL lecturer at the University of Sheffield has been named as the first Professor of Orthoptics in the UK.

The prestigious accolade recognises Professor Helen Davis’ work in orthoptics – the management of disorders of binocular vision and eye movement defects.

The university is one of only two institutions in the UK to offer an orthoptics degree course.

Prof Davis said: “Working at the university has given me the scope to explore new ways of teaching and learning and introduce technology to improve the student experience.

“It has also enabled me to meet researchers from other departments, most notably the department of psychology, which led to the design of a new clinical test now used in eye clinics worldwide.

“To receive the first chair in orthoptics in the UK is indeed an honour for me and also recognition for my colleagues.”