Julie-Anne Little


  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 254 Citations
  • 11 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, General Optical Council


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

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Research Output

  • 254 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
  • 30 Article
  • 9 Conference contribution
  • 1 Conference article

Eyewear for Rugby Union: wearer characteristics and experience with Rugby Goggles

Little, J-A., Eckert, F., Douglas, M. & Barrett, B., 1 May 2020, In : International Journal of Sports Medicine. 41, 5, p. 311-317 7 p.

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    In-vivo anterior segment OCT imaging provides unique insight into cerulean blue-dot opacities and cataracts in Down syndrome

    Little, J-A., Mahil, A-D., Richardson, P., Woodhouse, J. M., Viñuela-Navarro, V. & Saunders, K. J., 22 Jun 2020, In : Scientific Reports. 10, 1, 7 p., 10031.

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    Open Access
  • 3 Downloads (Pure)
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    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., 1 Aug 2019, In : Optometry and Vision Science. 96, 8, p. 587-598 12 p.

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    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    8 Downloads (Pure)

    Evaluation of long-term intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor injections on renal function in patients with and without diabetic kidney disease.

    O'Neill, R., Gallagher, P., Douglas, T., Little, J-A., Maxwell, AP., Silvestri, G. & McKay, G., 27 Dec 2019, In : BMC Nephrology.

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    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    1 Downloads (Pure)


    • 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

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