Professor Keziah Latham

Professor of Optometry Director of Vision & Hearing Sciences Research Centre

Vision and Eye Research Institute

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Vision and Hearing Sciences
Areas of Expertise:
Health, social care and medical innovation
Research Supervision:

Keziah is a practising optometrist specialising in visual assessment of people with impaired vision. She runs the Low Vision Clinic in our University Eye Clinic.

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Kez’s principal teaching, research and clinical interests are in low vision. She runs the Low Vision Clinic within the University Eye Clinic and co-leads the Vision and Hearing Sciences Research Group.

Kez was the 2017 recipient of the Neil Charman medal for excellence in optometric research from the College of Optometrists for her research work in low vision.

Appointments for the Low Vision Clinic can be made by contacting the University Eye Clinic on 01223 698070.

Research interests
  • The assessment of function and optimization of rehabilitation for people with visual impairment. 'Assessment of function' covers a range of areas including the most effective ways to assess clinical visual function, objective assessment of activities of daily living (including reading tasks and movement analysis), and the development and use of patient reported outcome measures (including the use of Rasch analysis) for the assessment of visual difficulties and of quality of life
  • More generally, research interests are in the visual function of other groups such as people with autism spectrum conditions (ASC), drivers, and peripheral vision
Areas of research supervision
  • Rukaiya Anwar. Writing: a key unmet rehabilitation need for older adults with acquired visual loss? Funded by the College of Optometrists.
  • Andrew Miller. Assessing the costs and benefits of innovative low vision aids. Funded by the Macular Society.
  • Georgia Dunn. Running without visual corrections.
  • Dr Jane Macnaughton, PhD 2020: Rehabilitation needs of visually impaired people over time. Funded by the College of Optometrists.
  • Dr Ahoora Baranian, PhD 2020: The effect of Retinitis Pigmentosa on activities of daily living.
  • Dr Hikmat Subhi, PhD 2018: Functional visual field assessment in low vision. Funded by the College of Optometrists.
  • Maria Foteini Katsou, MPhil 2014: Visual acuity of drivers.
  • Dr Daryl Tabrett, PhD 2011: Factors influencing self-reported vision in the visually impaired: Funded by the College of Optometrists and awarded the George Giles Prize for excellence in optometric postgraduate research.
  • BSc Ophthalmic Optics, Aston University
  • Phd 'Psychophysical investigations of human peripheral vision', Aston University
  • Professional Certificate in Low Vision
  • PGCert(HE)
  • MCOptom
  • FCOptom
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Fellow and Council member (Eastern region), College of Optometrists
  • Optometrist registrant, General Optical Council
  • Member, Association of Optometrists
  • Editorial Board Member, 'Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics'
  • Fellow, the Higher Education Academy
  • Optometry Schools Council, ARU representative
Selected recent publications

Latham K, Subhi H, Shaw E. Further validation of comfortable print size as a parameter for clinical low-vision assessment. TVST, 12(18), 2023.

Miller A, Crossland MD, Macnaughton J, Latham K. Are wearable Electronic Vision Enhancement Systems (wEVES) beneficial for people with age-related macular degeneration? A scoping review. Ophthal Physiol Opt, 2023; 43(4); 680-701.

Latham, K, Subhi, H. Can listening provide a useful clinical estimate of low vision reading parameters? Ophthalmic Physiol Opt 2022; 00: 1– 10.

Macnaughton, J, Vianya-Estopa, M, Latham, K. Change in rehabilitation needs and activity limitations over time of adults with acquired visual impairment following entry to a low vision rehabilitation service in England. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt 2022; 00: 1– 13.

Latham, K, Macnaughton, J. Is patient identification of ‘comfortable’ print size a useful clinical parameter for low vision reading assessment? Ophthalmic Physiol Opt 2022; 00: 1– 9.

Somani N, Beukes E, Latham K, Andersson G, Allen PM. Designing an internet intervention for improving wellbeing in people with acquired vision loss: a Delphi consensus study. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt, 2021, 41, 971-984.

Latham K, Mann DL, Dolan R, Myint J, Timmis MA, Ryu D, Frisson S, Allen PM. Do visual fields need to be considered in classification criteria within visually impaired shooting?  J Sports Sci, 2021, DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2021.1911425

Timmis MA, Ferrandino M, Morrison A, Allen PM, Latham K. How is jump performance affected in male athletes when completed with a visual impairment? Optom Vision Sci, 2021, 98, 846-853. doi: 10.1097/OPX.0000000000001720