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Thomas Finney

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Vision and Hearing Sciences
Research Supervision:

Thom is an optometrist who shares his time between the Hospital Eye Service and teaching on our Optometry and Ophthalmic Dispensing degree pathways. Outside of ARU, Thom works as a Specialist Clinical Optometrist in the Medical Retina, General Ophthalmology and Emergency Eye Clinics at the Royal Stoke University Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent.

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Thom entered the discipline back in 2004 as an optical assistant and subsequently undertook many roles within the profession. In 2011, he completed his initial BSc in Ophthalmic Dispensing at ARU before studying Optometry at Cardiff University thereafter.

Following his pre-registration year at Leicester Royal Infirmary and a number of years within community practice, Thom returned to the hospital setting in the Ophthalmology Department at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust. Thom’s specialist areas of expertise include Medical Retina and Emergency Eye Care.

Thom is the Module Lead for Human & Ocular Anatomy, Refractive Management and Paediatric and Vocational Dispensing. He is also a Module Tutor for Ocular Pathology, Contact Lenses and Refraction clinics, and a member of the Vision and Hearing Sciences Research Group.

Research interests

Thom’s research interests include Medical Retina, Emergency Eye Care, Extended Roles for optometrists and dispensing opticians and Binocular Vision.

  • Independent Prescribing for Optometrists (In Progress), Glasgow Caledonian University
  • PG Cert Learning & Teaching (Higher Education), Anglia Ruskin University
  • BSc (Hons) Optometry, Cardiff University
  • BSc (Hons) Ophthalmic Dispensing, Anglia Ruskin University
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Registered with the General Optical Council
  • Member of the College of Optometrists
  • Member of the Association of Optometrists