John Somner

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Vision and Eye Research Institute

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
Areas of Expertise:
Vision and eye research

[email protected]

Research interests

  • Sustainable eye care
  • Electronic health records and ophthalmology
  • Patient safety and quality health care

Consultancy and other professional activity

  • Specialty trainee ophthalmology


John taught on the optometry course at the Glasgow Caledonian University and has an interest in teaching undergraduate medical students basic ophthalmic examination.


  • MBChB
  • MRCOphth

Selected recent publications

Somner JE, Connor A, Benjamin L. Eyes, economics and the environment: should green issues drive changes in ophthalmic care?--yes. Eye (Lond). 2010 Aug;24(8):1309-11.

Russell HC, Agarwal PK, Somner JE, Bowman RJ, Dutton GN. Off-Axis Digital Flash Photography: a Common Cause of Artefact Leukocoria in Children. J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 2010 Jan 1:1-3.

Leveziel N, Puche N, Richard F, Somner JE, Zerbib J, Bastuji-Garin S, Cohen SY, Korobelnik JF, Sahel J, Soubrane G, Benlian P, Souied EH. Genotypic influences on severity of exudative age-related macular degeneration. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2010 May;51(5):2620-5.

Somner JE, Cavanagh DJ, Wong KK, Whitelaw M, Thomson T, Mansfield D. The precautionary principle: what is the risk of reusing disposable drops in routine ophthalmology consultations and what are the costs of reducing this risk to zero? Eye. 2009 Jun 12. [Epub ahead of print]

Somner J, Scott KM, Morris DS, Gaskell A, Shepherd I. The ophthalmology carbon footprint: Something to be considered? J Cataract Refract Surg. 2009 Jan;35(1):202-3.

Somner J. Rubbing carbon footprints up the wrong way? J Hosp Infect. 2009 Jan;71(1): 92-3.

Somner JE, Lockington D. Tonometer disinfection practice in the United Kingdom: the climate implications. Eye. 2009 Aug;23(8):1748-9.

Stone N, Somner J, Jay J. Intractable diplopia: a new indication for corneal tattooing. Br J Ophthalmol. 2008 Nov;92(11):1445, 1561-2.

Somner JE, Mansfield D. Inadvertent injection of intravitreal air during intravitreal Lucentis injection for wet age-related macular degeneration: an undescribed complication. Eye. 2009 Aug;23(8):1744.

Somner JE, Stone N, Koukkoulli A, Scott KM, Field AR, Zygmunt J. Surgical scrubbing: can we clean up our carbon footprints by washing our hands? J Hosp Infect. 2008 Nov;70(3):212-5.

Morris DS, Severn PS, Smith J, Somner JE, Stannard KP, Cottrell DG. High altitude and retinal detachment. High Alt Med Biol. 2007 Winter;8(4):337-9.

Morris DS, Somner JE, Scott KM, McCormick IJ, Aspinall P, Dhillon B. Corneal thickness at high altitude. Cornea. 2007 Apr;26(3):308-11.

Somner JE, Yorston D.I couldn't take my drops, doc.Can J Ophthalmol. 2007 Apr;42(2):333.

Somner JE, Morris DS, Scott KM, MacCormick IJ, Aspinall P, Dhillon B.What happens to intraocular pressure at high altitude?Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2007 Apr;48(4):1622-

Somner JE, Scott KM, Gibb AP. What is the optimum location of alcohol-based hand cleanser?Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2007 Jan;28(1):108-9.

Morris DS, Somner J, Donald MJ, McCormick IJ, Bourne RR, Huang SS, Aspinall P, Dhillon B.The eye at altitude.Adv Exp Med Biol. 2006;588:249-70.

Somner JE, Dixon JM, Thomas JS. Node retrieval in axillary lymph node dissections: recommendations for minimum numbers to be confident about node negative status. J Clin Pathol. 2004 Aug;57(8):845-8.

Somner J, McLellan S, Cheung J, Mak YT, Frost ML, Knapp KM, Wierzbicki AS, Wheeler M, Fogelman I, Ralston SH, Hampson GN. Polymorphisms in the P450 c17 (17-hydroxylase/17, 20-Lyase) and P450 c19 (aromatase) genes: association with serum sex steroid concentrations and bone mineral density in postmenopausal women. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2004 Jan;89(1):344-51.