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Dr Holly Barr

Research Optometrist

Vision and Eye Research Institute

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Medicine

Holly Barr (née Price) currently works at the Vision and Eye Research Institute at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.

Currently Holly is a Principal Investigator on a myopia trial to test a novel spectacle lens that is designed to reduce myopia progression in children. Find out more about our myopia research.

Holly's research interests include myopia, epidemiology and LASIK surgery. Past projects include the NITM in an Indian Population study, Cambridge Anti Myopia study, and Vision Loss Expert Group of the Global Burden of Disease study.

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Holly qualified as an Optometrist in 2002 and worked in high street optometry before completing a PhD at ARU. As a Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Holly collaborated with over 70 other eye experts as part of the Global Burden of Disease study, investigating the global burden of sight loss. Holly has also completed regular voluntary posts in Africa with the charity Vision Aid Overseas.

A ten-year role in academia as a senior lecturer and PhD supervisor followed before Holly returned to regular clinical practice and her current role as a Research Optometrist in ARU's Vision and Eye Research Institute (VERI).

Research interests
  • Myopia
  • Near induced transient myopia
  • Myopia control
  • Contact lenses
  • Epidemiology
  • BSc (Hons) Optometry
  • PhD Vision Sciences
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Member of the College of Optometrists
  • Member of the Association of Optometrists
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Selected recent publications

Sivaraman, V., Price, H. C., Hussaindeen, J. R., Ramani, K., Allen, P. M., 2021. Nearwork-induced transient myopia and accommodation function before and after laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis surgery. Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, 69(7), pp. 1707-1711.

Leasher, J. L., Bourne, R.R., Flaxman, S. R., Jonas, J. B., Keeffe, J., Naidoo, K., Pesudovs, K., Price, H., White, R. A., Wong, T. Y., Resnikoff, S., 2016. Global estimates on the number of people blind or visually impaired by diabetic retinopathy: a meta-analysis from 1990 to 2010. Diabetes Care, 39(9), pp. 1643-1649.

Goodman-Deane, J., Waller, S., Latham, K., Price, H., Tenneti, R., Clarkson, P. J., 2016. Differences in vision performance in different scenarios and implications for design. Applied Ergonomics, 55, pp. 149-155.

Naidoo, K. S., Leasher, J., Bourne, R. R., Flaxman, S. R., Jonas, J. B., Keeffe, J., Limburg, H., Pesudovs, K., Price, H., White, R. A., Wong, T. Y., 2016. Global vision impairment and blindness due to uncorrected refractive error, 1990–2010. Optometry and Vision Science, 93(3), pp. 227-234.

Stevens, G. A., White, R. A., Flaxman, S. R., Price, H., Jonas, J. B., Keeffe, J., Leasher, J., Naidoo, K., Pesudovs, K., Resnikoff, S., Taylor, H., 2013. Global prevalence of vision impairment and blindness: magnitude and temporal trends, 1990–2010. Ophthalmology, 120(12), pp. 2377-2384.