Lecturer in Optometry

Dr Sara McCullough

School of Biomedical Sciences

Coleraine campus

Room G168,
Cromore Road,
Co. Londonderry,
BT52 1SA,

Biomedical Sciences Research

Lecturer in Optometry

Dr Sara McCullough


Dr Sara McCullough graduated from Ulster University in 2004 with a BSc Hons Optometry.

She completed her pre-registration year in 2005 and shortly after returned to Ulster University to complete her PhD entitled "Higher Order Aberrations in Children with Down Syndrome" under the supervision of Professor Kathryn Saunders and Dr Julie-Anne Little.

Sara's current research interests include the epidemiology and management of myopia.  She is a co-investigator on the Northern Ireland Childhood Errors of Refraction (NICER) Study, the largest prospective study of eyes and vision in childhood in the UK and Ireland.


2007 BSc Hons in Optometry, Ulster University
2008 GOC registered optometrist
2011 PhD in Optometry & Vision Science
2018 Professional Certificate in Glaucoma
2019Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
2022Professional Certificate in Low Vision

Teaching Interests

Dr McCullough is actively involved in teaching for the undergraduate BSc Optometry and Master of Optometry programme.

She undertakes supervision of undergraduate research projects and PhD studentships.

Sara has produced a range of invited continuous education and training (CET) articles and presentations for qualified optometrists on the topics of binocular vision and childhood myopia.

External Positions

Sara is a Research Advisor to the College of Optometrists and an Examiner and Assessor for the College of Optometrists' Scheme for Registration.

Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities with Dr Sara McCullough
Title Closing Date
Myopia Management - Is it Just for Kids?  Funded PhD Opportunity Funded PhD Opportunity Monday 27 February 2023 4:00PM