Research Associate in Optometry and Vision Science
Lesley completed her PhD at Ulster University in 2015 under the supervision of Professor Kathryn Saunders and Dr Julie-Anne Little. Her study investigated accommodative function in children with DS.
She is a member of the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network (NICRN) Vision Team based within the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust.
Education / Qualifications
PhD in Optometry & Vision Science, Ulster University, 2015
Professional Qualifying Exams, College of Optometrists, 2011
BSc Hons Optometry, Ulster University, 2010
Lesley is currently working on the Northern Ireland Childhood Errors of Refraction (NICER) Study investigating the progression of refractive error in children and young adults in Northern Ireland.
This is a longitudinal study which commenced in 2006, it aims to predict the refractive error outcome for a child depending on their family history, visual activity and ocular biometry to help inform clinicians of those individuals most at risk of developing significant refractive error in childhood and early adulthood.
Nov 2015 – Present Provision of ‘Vision’ workshop for postgraduate PGCE students
Oct 2015 – Present Studies advisor for undergraduate optometry students
June 2015 –Present Supervisor of undergraduate research project
Oct 2014 – Dec 2014 Supervisor for final year public refraction clinics
Oct 2011 – June 2014 PhD Student Demonstrator for undergraduate optometry students
Doyle L., Saunders, K.J., Little, J-A. (2014) Exploration of accommodative deficits and vergence eye movements in Down syndrome. British Congress of Optometry and Vision Science (BCOVS) 2014 Conference presentation, Cardiff, September 2014.
Doyle L., Little – J-A., Saunders K.J. (2014) Vergence and Accommodation in Down Syndrome: exploring the role of disparity and blur cues. The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2014 conference presentation, Orlando, May 2014.
Doyle L, Saunders, KJ, Little, J-A. (2014) Accommodation and Vergence Relations in Down Syndrome (DS): exploring the role of disparity and blur cues in driving accommodative responses. Vision TRG Research Symposium 2014 conference presentation. Belfast, March 2014.
Doyle, L., Saunders, K.J., Little, J-A. (2013) The importance of individual calibration and the impact of disparity and blur cues in the assessment of accommodation and vergence using the PowerRefractor III. British Congress of Optometry and Vision Science (BCOVS) 2013 conference presentation. Glasgow, September 2013.
Doyle, L., Little, J-A., Saunders, K.J. (2013) Repeatability of Crystalline Lens Thickness Measurements in the Accommodating Eye. The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2013 conference presentation, Seattle, May 2013.
Doyle, L., Little, J-A., Saunders, K.J. (2012) The Visante AS-OCT: an investigation of the repeatability of crystalline lens thickness measurements in the accommodating eye and changes in anterior eye structure with age and accommodation. British Congress of Optometry and Vision Science (BCOVS) 2012 conference presentation, Bradford, September 2012.