Dr Karen Breslin graduated from City University, London in 1990 with a degree in Optometry and Vision Science. Subsequently, she undertook her pre-registration year at the Institute of Optometry, London qualifying as a registered optometrist in 1991. After registration, she worked in various independent practices in London and Northern Ireland. In 2000 she was appointed as a lecturer in Optometry at Ulster University. She completed her PhD ‘A Prospective Study of Refractive Error amongst Northern Irish schoolchildren’ under the supervision of Professor Kathryn Saunders in 2012.
|1990||BSc Hons Optometry and Vision Science||City University|
|1991||Membership of College of Optometrists|
College of Optometrists
|2002||PG Certificate in University Teaching||Ulster University|
|2012||PhD Progression of Refractive Error||Ulster University|
|2016||Fellow of the higher Education Academy|
Karen’s research interests include refractive error, in particular the onset, risk factors and progression of myopia.
Karen co-ordinates and teaches on several undergraduate and postgraduate modules including Patient Management and Law, Management and Ethics.
Karen is currently admissions tutor for the BSc Hons/MOptom Hons course.
Karen is current Chair of Optometry Northern Ireland, a body that represents the majority of optometrists in Northern Ireland and aims to present a united voice on their behalf to the Department of Health, local politicians, media and others.