Dr Raymond Beirne

Lecturer in Optometry

School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Coleraine campus
+44 28 7012 4477
Room G161
Cromore Road
Co. Londonderry
BT52 1SA

Dr Raymond Beirne graduated with 1st class Honours in Optometry from Ulster University in 1998 and became a GOC registered optometrist in 1999 after completing his pre-registration training at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.

Raymond completed a PhD in 2005 under the supervision of Professor Roger Anderson and Dr Margarita Vidinova in visual psychophysics. He was appointed as a lecturer at Ulster University in 2006. He has also held a variety of clinical positions in hospital optometry and community practice as an optometrist over this time.

Education / Qualifications

  • PhD
  • MCOptom
  • FHEA

Research Interests

Raymond’s research interest is in human visual psychophysics and age-related macular degeneration. The main aim of this research is to better understand the fundamental changes in visual function in the healthy ageing eye and in macular degeneration.

This clinically relevant research looks at fundamental changes in vision and aims to develop a better understanding of how ocular and nutritional factors can impact upon healthy ageing and the development and progression of age-related macular degeneration.

Raymond also collaborates with colleagues in the School of Pharmacy who are developing non-invasive drug delivery systems for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration.

He consistently publishes his research findings in high impact peer reviewed eye journals and regularly attends eye conferences including ARVO.

Teaching Interests

Raymond is module co-ordinator for Advanced Examination Techniques (OPT305) and Advanced Optometric Practice (OPT509).

He contributes to teaching on the undergraduate modules Visual Function (OPT302), Contact Lenses (OPT303), Patient Management (OPT505) and Optometry Research Project (OPT504) for undergraduate Optometry at Ulster.

He also contributes to the MSc Clinical Visual Science teaching on modules OPT801: Age-related macular degeneration and Assessment and management and OPT806: Vision Science MSc Research Project.

Raymond developed the Professional Certificate in Medical Retina accredited by the College of Optometrists.

External Positions

Raymond is an Examiner for the College of Optometrists Pre-registration year Final Assessments (OSCEs) as well as an editorial board member for the Journal of Ophthalmic Diseases.

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