Dr Raymond Beirne is the course director for the BSc (Hons) Optometry and Master of Optometry courses. He is an experienced clinical and academic optometrist with specialist qualifications in medical retina and glaucoma.
Raymond graduated with a first class honours degree from Ulster in 1998 before completing his pre-registration training year in Manchester Royal Eye hospital. After working as a clinical optometrist in primary and secondary care for several years in the north west of England he returned to Ulster to do a PhD in colour vision psychophysics. During this time he worked with clinical collaborators in the area of age-related macular degeneration in the Royal Victoria hospital in Belfast. Raymond’s research has focused on vision in the ageing eye, looking particularly at the role of the macular pigment in preserving visual function. He has obtained research funding from the College of Optometrists and the Macular society for his work.
Raymond teaches across a wide range of topics on the BSc (Hons) and Master of Optometry programs, as well as the MSc in Advanced Clinical Optometry. Raymond developed the highly popular Professional Certificate in Medical Retina which is a specialist post-graduate qualification for eye care professionals.
Raymond is an examiner for the College of Optometrists and an editorial board member of the professional development journal “Acuity”.