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Investigating links between visual symptoms, patient information material and treatment adherence in glaucoma

   Faculty of Life Sciences

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  Dr Lindsay Rountree, Dr Jonathan Denniss, Dr Jonathan Silcock  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Glaucoma is often associated with ‘tunnel vision’, depicted as a dark ring around the peripheral vision.1-3 Studies have challenged this depiction, with patients reporting that this is not an accurate representation of their experience.4-6 Despite this, glaucoma is still commonly associated with tunnel vision, and images portraying this persist in glaucoma information materials.1-3 This study aims to better understand how glaucoma affects vision, whether symptoms influence treatment adherence, and looks at the importance of accurate graphical representation of glaucoma symptoms.

Initially, this project will investigate patients’ visual symptoms and their influence on treatment adherence and appointment attendance. It will then examine the influence of graphical information materials on adherence attitudes and attitudes to eyecare in general.

The project will provide a chance to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, with supervisors who have a track record of glaucoma research and patient adherence research, and are both clinically and academically experienced. There is also an opportunity to collaborate with clinicians and academics based outside of the University of Bradford.


The successful applicant will hold a minimum of an upper class honours degree (2:1 or above). This project may suit graduates with backgrounds in optometry or other eye-care professions, or those with a background in psychology.

This project is available as a fully funded full-time PhD. Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the research supervisors for the project before applying. Informal enquiries are also welcome. Formal applications should be made via the University of Bradford web site.

Funding Notes

This project includes funding which covers UK tuition and bench fees, and a stipend at UKRI rates for
living costs. Non-UK students would need to self-fund the difference between the UK and
International fees.


1. Fight for Sight. 2019. https://www.fightforsight.org.uk/simulator/. Accessed 14/12/2020.
2. Vision Direct. 2020. https://www.visiondirect.co.uk/eye-carecentre/what-is-glaucoma. Accessed 14/12/2020.
3. Specsavers. 2019. https://www.specsavers-spectrum.com/news/newcampaign-urgespeople-to-catch-glaucoma-in-time/. Accessed 14/12/2020.
4. Crabb, et al. 2013. Ophthalmology. 120(6): 1120-1126.
5. Hu, et al. 2014. The Am. J. Med. Sci. 348(5): 403-409.
6. Bham, Dewsbery, Denniss. 2020. Investig. Ophthalmol. 61(8): 23.
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