Louisa is a qualified and registered Orthoptist, whose main research interest is improving the detection of amblyopia in children using modified visual acuity tests. She completed her doctoral studies under the supervision of Dr Sarah J Waugh, Dr Monika A Formankiewicz and Dr Lalor, and consequently commenced work as a Lecturer in Vision Sciences within the Vision and Hearing Sciences department at Anglia Ruskin University in July 2021.
Louisa completed her undergraduate studies on Orthoptics in July 2008 and took up a clinical orthoptic position at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge in September of the same year.
In 2011, Louisa became the Lead Orthoptic Clinical Tutor for Addenbrookes Hospital, overseeing the clinical education of all orthoptic undergraduate trainees attending clinical placements at Addenbrookes, as well as developing and assessing the Addenbrookes Ophthalmic rotation of the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP). While working as an Orthoptist she completed several teaching qualifications as well as her MMedSci in Vision and Strabismus with the University of Sheffield, where she undertook a research project examining the effect of 3D videogame play of the horizontal fusion ranges of seven to eleven year old children.
Louisa began her PhD studies with Anglia Ruskin University in September 2017 and passed her VIVA in July 2022 following successful defence of her thesis entitled, “Considerations of modified vision and crowding tests, for improved detection of Amblyopia”.
Louisa’s main research interests are the enhanced detection and treatment of amblyopia, and the control of binocular single vision in 3D, augmented and virtual reality gaming.
Louisa currently teaches the following undergraduate modules:
April 2023: Poster presentation at ARVO 2023 – New Orleans, USA: ‘Optimally crowded acuity enhances interocular differences in amblyopia.’
May 2022: Poster presentation at VSS 2022 – Florida, USA: ‘Crowding distance beats acuity and crowded acuity in detecting strabismic amblyopia.’
May 2021: Poster presentation at the annual Vision Sciences Society (VSS) conference – Florida, USA: ‘Simplifying the repeated crowding-distance test for normal and amblyopic children.’
July 2019: Poster presentation at the Anglia Ruskin Annual Student research Conference – Chelmsford: ‘Visual crowding with repeated letters: What works best for children?’
January 2019: Oral presentation at the Anglia Ruskin University Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) Conference: ‘A single line of repeated letters is repeated enough for assessment of crowding distance in young healthy children.’
October 2018: Oral Presentation at the Annual Swedish Orthoptic (SIOF) Conference – Uppsala, Sweden: ‘Modified visual acuity tests for better detection of amblyopia – From Clinician to researcher.’
October 2018: Oral Presentation at the Annual Swedish Orthoptic (SIOF) Conference – Uppsala, Sweden: ‘Diagrammatic method for detecting post-operative diplopia & case-reports.’
October 2018: Poster presentation at the British and Irish Paediatric Ophthalmological and Strabismic Association (BIPOSA) Conference – Manchester: ‘Revised Diagrammatic Recording of the Postoperative Diplopia Test (PDT).’
July 2018: Poster presentation at the Anglia Ruskin Annual Student research Conference – Chelmsford: ‘I spy, with my little eye’; Adapting vision tests for childhood eye conditions.’
August 2014: Poster presentation at the British and Irish Orthoptic Society Scientific Conference - Glasgow: ‘A Case of Chronic Superior Oblique Myokymia with Compensatory Head Posture.’