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Dr Yvonne Norgett

Associate Professor of Optometry, Course Leader, Optometry

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Psychology and Sport Science
Areas of Expertise:
Vision and eye research
Research Supervision:

Yvonne is a registered optometrist with extensive experience and recognition across the sector, including in clinical roles, education and professional and regulatory bodies.

With a PhD in Optometry, she is also a Fellow of the College of Optometrists and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Yvonne gained her PhD from Anglia Ruskin University on the subject of visual crowding in children.

After graduating from the University of Manchester with a degree in ophthalmic optics, Yvonne gained clinical experience working in the Hospital Eye Service and in private and multiple practice. She held the position of Professional Services Manager (Eastern Region) for Boots Opticians Ltd.

Yvonne is a chief examiner for the College of Optometrists and is a member of the OSCE editing and writing group. She was also a panel member of the Fitness to Practise Panel appointed by the UK regulatory body, the General Optical Council.

Research interests

  • The anterior eye in contact lens wear
  • Children's vision
  • Visual acuity measurement
  • Clinical assessment and standard setting
  • Clinical communication

Areas of research supervision

The anterior eye in contact lens wear


BOptom (hons)

MOptom (integrated)


  • PhD, Anglia Ruskin University 
  • PGCert (LTHE), Anglia Ruskin University
  • BSc (Hons), Ophthalmic Optics, University of Manchester

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow of the College of Optometrists
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Examiner for the College of Optometrists
  • Member of College of Optometrists Editing and Writing Group for professional examinations
  • Member of the General Optical Council Fitness to Practice Committee 2003-2015

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Principal investigator for a successful College of Optometrists iPRO grant – The assessment of visual acuity in young children – which test is best? 2008
  • College of Optometrists travel grant awarded October 2014
  • Journal reviewer for OVS, BMJ Open, OPO
  • Grant bid for the Medical Research Council

Selected recent publications

Lievens, C.W., Norgett, Y., Allen, P.M. and Vianya-Estopa, M., 2022. Development and validation of a new photographic scale to grade lid wiper epitheliopathy. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, p.101773.

Lievens CW, Norgett Y, Briggs N, Allen PM, Vianya-Estopa M. Natural course of lid wiper epitheliopathy (LWE) in symptomatic contact lens wearers. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye. 2022 Feb 1;45(1):101529.

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 and Physiologic Optics.

Lievens, C.W., Norgett, Y., Briggs, N., Allen, P.M. and Vianya-Estopa, M., (2020). Impact of Improper Approach to Identify Lid Wiper Epitheliopathy (LWE). Clinical Ophthalmology, 14, pp.3039-3047.

Lievens, C.W., Norgett, Y., Briggs, N., Allen, P.M. and Vianya-Estopa, M.,(2020). Optimal methodology for lid wiper epitheliopathy identification. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye.

Norgett, Y., & Siderov, J. (2017). Effect of stimulus configuration on crowding in strabismic amblyopia. Journal of Vision, 17(13), 5-5.