Our team of optometrists are not only excellent clinicians with decades of experience, but also leading experts in vision science research, and all of them hold a PhD from Manchester and Birmingham Universities.
Most eye examinations are provided by Dr Clare Haggerty, supported by Dr Ian Murray and Dr Humza Tahir. Clare Haggerty gained her undergraduate optometric degree in her native Glasgow. She was awarded an MSc at Aston University, Birmingham, for her ground breaking work in vision and driving. Later, she conducted a PhD on how the cornea reacts to contact lenses. Despite a very promising career in research, she decided she should serve the community as an optometrist. In Manchester, she worked at the University as a Clinical Instructor and at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Clare now has specialist accredited qualifications in the management of red eye and glaucoma. She also has a formal qualification in grading diabetic eye disease. Clare is universally respected by GPs and ophthalmologists in the Manchester area.
Having qualified in Glasgow, Ian moved to Birmingham where he was awarded an MSc in Ophthalmic Investigation. At Manchester University, he gained a PhD using electrophysiological techniques to study the visual defects in Multiple Sclerosis. Subsequently, he was made Senior Lecturer and then Professor. He also has a formal qualification in diabetic retinopathy screening and extensive experience of early Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Ian has developed two new instruments both of which are patented.
Humza Tahir qualified at Manchester University. He has extensive experience in clinical optometry working at three different optometry practices apart from Murray and Haggerty. Humza gained his PhD when working with Ian Murray in the Visual Sciences Lab at UoM. His main speciality was in optics of the eye, and he worked on this topic at University of California Berkley for two years as a post-doctoral Research Fellow. His subsequent research at UoM was in early AMD, and understanding how our eyes work in the dark.