Emma McConnell

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  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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Emma is a qualified optometrist who has returned to Ulster University to work as a research associate. She is currently involved in the SEE project, a research study which aims to determine the level of vision in Special Educational schools and provide a written report to parents on these findings.She also works as a locum optometrist in the community, with experience working in both multiple and independent practices.Education / QualificationsFirst class honours degree in Optometry, Ulster University, 2013.Professional qualifying exams, College of Optometrists, 2014.Research InterestsEmma is currently involved in a study funded by Action Medical Research which aims to determine the level of vision of children in special educational schools in Northern Ireland by carrying out a full vision assessment in the familiar environment of their school.A written report will be provided to parents and teachers which will summarise the findings of our vision testing and highlight if any vision interventions or modifications are required for the child either at home or in school.Prior to this Emma was involved in a study funded by the Macular Society which aimed to determine if higher levels of macular pigment optical density are associated with faster dark adaptation in patients with dry age-related macular degeneration.Teaching InterestsNov 2015-Present     Supervision of final year public refraction clinicsOct 2015-Present      Studies advisor for undergraduate optometry studentsConferencesMarch 2016: Optometry Tomorrow, College of Optometrists, UK, Annual Conference, McConnell,E.L.& Beirne, R.O. – Measuring rod-mediated visual performance in ageing and age-related macular degeneration.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

External positions

Research Optometrist, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

1 Jun 2019 → …

Lead Research Optometrist , Queen's University Belfast

1 Mar 2019 → …


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