Julie-Anne Little


  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 191 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
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Personal profile


Dr Julie-Anne Little is Associate Research Director for the Biomedical Sciences Research Institute. 

She is a Senior Lecturer in Optometry and Vision Science.  As a GOC registered optometrist, she has worked in hospital optometry in England and undertook a post-doctoral research fellowship within The Royal Group of Hospitals, Belfast, prior to taking up her lectureship position at Ulster University.

As Optometry and Vision Science Research Group Leader, her research interests include the developing visual system and the impact of intellectual disability, particularly Down syndrome, and other neurodevelopmental disorders including autism, on vision. She is also interested in how the structure of the eye impacts on functional vision, and is currently leading a project investigating the use of Ocular coherence tomography to image the crystalline lens and better quantify cataract.  She has supervised PhD and MSc students, and been awarded significant grant funding from a variety of sources.   Julie-Anne has been awarded the College of Optometrists Neill Charman Medal for outstanding research. She was returned in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, and has produced research outputs making an important knowledge contribution not only to paediatric vision, but also to aspects of vision in special needs populations; including Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Julie-Anne has collaborative links with International researchers and clinicians. She is past-President of the European Council of Optometry and Optics, and Deputy Chairman of the Association of Optometrists.  

External positions

Educational Visitor


  • RE Ophthalmology
  • optometry
  • vision
  • cataract
  • down syndrome
  • autism
  • amblyopia
  • hyperopia

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Down Syndrome Medicine & Life Sciences
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Research Output 2005 2019

  • 191 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
  • 26 Article
  • 9 Conference contribution
  • 1 Conference article

Comparison of Three Gaze Position Calibration Techniques in First Purkinje-Image Based Eye Trackers

Ntodie, M., Bharadwaj, S. R., Balaji, S., Saunders, K. J. & Little, J-A., 8 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Optometry and Vision Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Psychological Techniques
Anterior Chamber
Open Access
special education
Special Education
Open Access
Medication Adherence
Patient Compliance
3 Citations (Scopus)

Accommodative function in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Anketell, P., Saunders, K. J., Gallagher, S., Bailey, C. & Little, J-A., 1 Mar 2018, In : Optometry and Vision Science. 95, 3, p. 193-201

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Refractive Errors
Visual Acuity
Autism Spectrum Disorder
3 Citations (Scopus)

Vision in children with autism spectrum disorder: a critical review.

Little, J-A., 26 Jun 2018, In : Clinical and Experimental Optometry. 101, p. 504-513

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Refractive Errors
Eye Movements
Visual Acuity
Binocular Vision
Autism Spectrum Disorder



Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...

Child Vision Research Society meeting

Julie Mc Clelland (Participant), Julie-Anne Little (Participant), Kathryn J Saunders (Participant)
19 Jun 201721 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...