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Dr Marta Vianya-Estopa

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

Marta is an optometrist who has lead clinical research projects in university, hospital and industry settings. She has an interest in contact lenses as well as how best to integrate active learning when teaching optics related courses.

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Marta completed her PhD and post-doctoral positions at the University of Bradford. Since then, she has worked in industry for one of the major contact lens companies as principle research optometrist. She has also worked as a locum optometrist for a variety of optical practices.

Currently, most of her teaching and research is in the area of contact lenses and she is a member of the Vision and Hearing Sciences Research Group. She is a member of the British University and College Contact Lens Educators (BUCCLE) and collaborates with colleagues in the UK, Ireland and the USA as part of her research.

Research interests
  • Contact lenses
  • Lid wiper epitheliopathy
  • Clinical visual science
  • Quality of life
  • Rasch analysis
  • Potential vision
  • Learning and teaching
  • Team-based learning
  • Active learning
Areas of research supervision
  • Lid wiper epitheliopathy: Chris Lievens (1st supervisor).
  • BOptom (Hons) Optometry
  • BSc (Hons) Ophthalmic Dispensing
  • PGCERT Contact Lens Optician
  • PhD Optometry, University of Bradford
  • MSc Optometry, University of Bradford
  • BSc Optometry, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
  • PGCERT(HE), Anglia Ruskin University
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Fellowship of the British Contact Lens Association (FBCLA)
  • Member of the General Optical Council
  • Member of the Association of Optometrists
  • Member of the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA)
  • Member of the International Association Contact Lens Educators (IACLE)
  • Member of the British University and College Contact Lens Educators (BUCCLE)
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange
  • Vianya-Estopa M (2018). Evaluation of team-based learning using focus groups in a cohort of undergraduate optics students. ARU Learning and Teaching Award. Award received £1800
  • Vianya-Estopa M (2015). College of Optometrists – Undergraduate Research Scholarship. Assessment of lens centration and its visual effects in soft contact lenses. Award received £2000
Selected recent publications

Wolffsohn, J. S, Dumbleton, K., Huntjens, B., Kandel, H., Koh, S., Kunnen, C. M. E., Nagra, M., Pult, H., Sulley, A. L., Vianya-Estopa, M., Walsh, K., Wong, S., Stapleton, F., 2021. CLEAR – Evidence-based contact lens practice. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, 44, pp. 368-397. doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2021.02.008

Nagra, M., Allen, P. M., Norgett, Y., Beukes, E., Bowen, M., Vianya-Estopa, M., 2021. The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on working practices of UK primary care optometrists. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt, 41(2), pp. 378-392. doi: 10.1111/opo.12786

Vianya-Estopa, M., Garcia-Porta, N., Piñero, D. P., Simo Mannion, L., Beukes, E., Wolffsohn, J. S., Allen, P. M., 2020. Contact Lens wear and care in Spain during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cont Lens Anterior Eye (in press). doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2020.11.001

Vianya-Estopa, M., Wolffsohn, J., Beukes, E., Trott, M., Smith, L., Allen, P. M., 2020. Soft contact lens wearers’ compliance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cont Lens Anterior Eye (in press). doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2020.08.003

Lievens, C. W., Norgett, Y., Briggs, N., Allen, P. M., Vianya-Estopa, M., 2020. Optimal methodology for lid wiper epitheliopathy identification. Cont Lens Anterior Eye (in press). doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2020.04.016

Lievens, C., Norgett, Y., Briggs, N., Allen, P., Vianya-Estopa, M., 2020. Impact of improper approach to identify lid wiper epitheliopathy. Clin Ophthalmol, 14, pp. 3039-3047. doi: 10.2147/OPTH.S273524

Nagra, M., Vianya-Estopa, M., Wolffsohn, J. S., 2020. Could telehealth help eye care practitioners adapt contact lens services during the COVID-19 pandemic? Cont Lens Anterior Eye, 43(3), pp. 204‐207. doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2020.04.002

Vianya-Estopa, M., Nagra, M., Cochrane, A., Retallic, N., Dunning, D., Terry, L., Lloyd, A., Wolffsohn, J. S., 2020. Optimising subjective anterior eye grading precision. Cont Lens Anterior Eye, 43, pp. 489-492. doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2020.03.006

McDonnell, C., Murphy, O., Cochrane, A., Martin, E., Wolffsohn, J., Maldonado-Codina, C., Vianya-Estopa, M., Gibson, E., Dunning, D., Oehring, D., Nagra, M., Huntjens, B., 2020. Lissamine Green – Where have we been and where are we now? Optometry in Practice (ISSN 2517-5696 Volume 21 Issue 2).

Recent presentations and conferences

Wolffsohn JS, Ghorbani-Mojarrad N, Vianya-Estopa M, Nagra M, Huntjens B, Terry L, Sweeney LE, Dutta D, Joshi MR, Wright D, Bruce H, Hallam E, Jolly L, Chung YB, Tsen JRE, Bishop A, Davison R, Maldonado-Codina C (2021). Fast versus gradual adaptation of soft monthly contact lenses in neophyte wearers. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye (in press). doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2021.101469

Vianya-Estopa M (2020) Engaging a new generation of students: employability benefits of TBL. Advanced HE virtual conference. UK.

Vianya-Estopa M (2019). Students’ perceptions of team-based learning in an undergraduate optics module. 7th European Conference on Education. London, UK.

Vianya-Estopa M (2019). Team-based learning: focus group findings in an optics cohort. 20th ARU Engage Learning and Teaching Conference. Cambridge, UK.

Vianya-Estopa M (2019). Can active learning help you understand what happens during an eye exam? 3rd Active Learning conference. Brighton, UK.

Macnaughton J, Latham K and Vianya-Estopa M (2019). Changes in rehabilitation needs of adults with acquired visual impairment following entry to a low vision rehabilitation service in England.

European Society for Low-vision Research and Rehabilitation Conference. Manchester, UK.

Lievens C, Norgett y, Briggs N and Vianya-Estopa M (2019). Intensity of lid wiper epitheliopathy staining with alterations of dye amounts and timing of observation. ARVO, Florida (USA).

Macnaughton J, Latham K and Vianya-Estopa M (2018). Principal difficulties facing patients with acquired vision loss. Optometry Tomorrow 2018, Birmingham, UK.

Vianya-Estopa M, Clemens M, Norgett Y and Conway R (2017). Inter-observer agreement of soft contact lens fit assessment. British Contact Lens Association Conference, Liverpool, UK.