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Dr Karen Breslin

Lecturer in Optometry

School
School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Campus
Coleraine campus
Telephone
+44 28 7012 4235
Email
kmm.breslin@ulster.ac.uk
Location
Room G170
Cromore Road
Coleraine
Co. Londonderry
BT52 1SA

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.

Academic and Professional Qualifications/Membership

1990BSc Hons Optometry and Vision ScienceCity University
1991Membership of College of Optometrists

College of Optometrists

2002PG Certificate in University TeachingUlster University
2012PhD Progression of Refractive ErrorUlster University
2016Fellow of the higher Education Academy 

Research Interests

Karen’s research interests include refractive error, in particular the onset, risk factors and progression of myopia.

Teaching Interests

Karen co-ordinates and teaches on several undergraduate and postgraduate modules including Patient Management and Law, Management and Ethics.

Other responsibilities

Karen is currently admissions tutor for the BSc Hons/MOptom Hons course.

External positions

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.

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