Case study: Dr Amit Jinabhai MCOptom

This tangible support provided by the College's Research Fund enables individual members to focus on research; stimulating a life-long passion for some, a career in optometric research for many others and developing the evidence base for all.

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Over the years, we have helped hundreds of members to develop their skills, and their careers, through research by providing hundreds of thousands of pounds in small grants, travel bursaries and collaborative awards. Here is one member's story: 

“I firmly believe that the College plays a pivotal role in developing the evidence base for our profession. I received a postgraduate student bursary from the College of Optometrists whilst I was studying for a PhD at The University of Manchester. This allowed me to undertake a research project evaluating and comparing how effectively high-order aberrations could be corrected for in patients with keratoconus, using customised-aberration controlling soft contact lenses, conventional soft toric contact lenses and rigid gas permeable contact lenses. I have presented my research findings at Optometry Tomorrow and other recognised international optometric conferences, such as ARVO.

“Since completing the research, my co-authors and I have published a number of scientific papers in established international research journals, including Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics. These have received over 100 citations from other researchers in our field, suggesting that our project has contributed to the existing peer-reviewed evidence base. We have also received two established research awards; the College of Optometrists’ George Giles Postgraduate Prize and the Peter Abel Prize from the Association of German Contact Lens Specialists and Optometrists. On a personal level, undertaking a PhD helped me to develop key analytical and presentation skills, which have proved to be invaluable in my current role as a lecturer and in supervising undergraduate student research projects. 

“I support the College’s Research Fund because it will help to provide the eye-care community with a unique opportunity to contribute to vital clinical research which will help to improve upon the current standards of clinical care that we can deliver for our patients.”

Dr Amit Jinabhai MCOptom



Amit's work has been published in the following papers: 

Radhakrishnan, H., Jinabhai, A. & O'Donnell, C., 2010. Dynamics of ocular aberrations in keratoconus. Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association, 93(3), pp.164-174. 

Jinabhai, A., Radhakrishnan, H. & O'Donnell, C., 2010. Visual acuity and ocular aberrations with different rigid gas permeable lens fittings in keratoconus. Eye & Contact Lens, 36(4), pp.233-237.

Jinabhai, A., O'Donnell, C. & Radhakrishnan, H., 2010. A comparison between subjective refraction and aberrometry-derived refraction in keratoconus patients and control subjects. Current Eye Research, 35(8), pp.703-714. 

Jinabhai A, Radhakrishnan H, O'Donnell C (2011) Pellucid corneal marginal degeneration: A review. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye 34 (2) 56-63.

Jinabhai A, Radhakrishnan H, O'Donnell C (2011) Corneal changes after suspending contact lens wear in early pellucid marginal corneal degeneration and moderate keratoconus. Eye and Contact Lens 37 (2), 99-105. 

Jinabhai A, Radhakrishnan H, O'Donnell C (2011) Repeatability of ocular aberration measurements in patients with keratoconus. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics 31 (6), 588-94. 

Jinabhai A et al (2012) Forward light scatter and contrast sensitivity in keratoconic patients. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye 35 (1), 22-7. 

Jinabhai A et al (2012) Visual performance and optical quality with soft lenses in keratoconus patients. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics 32 (2), 100-16.

Jinabhai A et al (2012) Optical quality for keratoconic eyes with conventional RGP lens and simulated, customised contact lens corrections: a comparison. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics 32 (3), 200-12. 

Jinabhai A et al (2014) Optical quality and visual performance with customised soft contact lenses for keratoconus. Ophthalmic Physiological Optics 34 (5), 528-39.


The support that the College provides for researchers is invaluable. The funding, expertise and resources available have enabled me to further my career as a research optometrist.

Dr Lesley Doyle MCOptom