Dr Clare O’Donnell

Head of Optegra Eye Sciences

Head of Optegra Eye Sciences

Dr Clare O’Donnell is a registered optometrist with over 20 years clinical and academic experience from previous roles, most recently Senior Lecturer at The University of Manchester.  Clare studied Optometry in Glasgow and was later awarded a PhD and an MBA at Manchester. She is Head of Eye Sciences at Optegra and a Reader at Aston University and she retains links with The University of Manchester, where she is an honorary Senior Lecturer with advisory roles on various research projects. Clare is also an Examiner for the College of Optometrists.

Career History

  • 1987 Honours degree in Optometry, First Class (Glasgow)
  • 1998 Doctor of Philosophy (Manchester)
  • 1999 Clinic Manager, The Vision Centre, UMIST
  • 2002 Lecturer, The University of Manchester
  • 2009 Master of Business Administration (Manchester)
  • 2010 Senior Lecturer, The University of Manchester
  • 2011 Reader, Aston University


Memberships / offices held

  • Membership, College of Optometrists
  • General Optical Council (GOC) registration
  • Fellow, American Academy of Optometry
  • Examiner, College of Optometrists
  • Fellow, British Contact Lens Association
  • External Moderator, ABDO
  • Member, Association Research and Vision in Ophthalmology
  • Member, International Society for Contact Lens Research


Professional & Academic Experience in Research

Publications and Grants:

Clare has published research papers and book chapters principally in the areas of anterior eye, ocular disease, vision and contact lenses. She has over 50 abstracts published from conferences in Europe and North America. She has received research grants from various awarding bodies including The Vision Centre, Lein Applied Diagnostics, College of Optometrists, Ciba Vision and the NHS.  She is a past recipient of the Irving Fatt Memorial Award and the Dallos Award of the BCLA.  She has research collaborations with laboratories in Greece, USA and Australia. She has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences and is regularly invited to review papers for leading optometric/ophthalmology journals.

Research Supervision:

Clare has had supervisory or advisory roles for 12 PhD level projects and 20 MSc / BSc level research projects.

Previous PhD students supervised by Dr C O’Donnell:

  • Dr Ithar Beshtawi. Ithar is currently a Lecturer at An-Najah National University, Palestine. 
  • Dr Amit Jinabhai.  Amit is currently a Lecturer at the University of Manchester
  • Dr John Taylor.  John is currently undertaking post doctoral research at The University of Manchester/ Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
  • Dr Marco Miranda.  Marco is currently undertaking post doctoral research at Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institue of Ophthalmology 
  • Dr Byki Huntjens.  Byki is currently a Lecturer at City University
  • Dr Luisa Simo.  Luisa is Associate Professor at Plymouth University
  • Dr Taym Darwish.  Taym is a Lecturer in Tishreen University and a Consultant Ophthalmologist in the Department of Ophthalmology, Alassad University Hospital


Higher Degree Examining Duties:

Clare has been an examiner for MSc, MPhil and PhD level theses on various research topics.

Peer reviewed publications since 2000:

  • O’Donnell C, Hartwig A, Subramaniam S, Dermott J, Wolffsohn J, Radhakrishnan H,. Management of Astigmatism During Intraocular Lens Surgery. Optom Pract. 2015 in press
  • Beshtawi IM, Akhtar R, Hillarby MC, O’Donnell C, Zhao X, Brahma A, Carley F, Derby B, Radhakrishnan H. Biomechanical Changes After Repeated Collagen Cross-Linking On Human Corneas Assessed In Vitro Using Scanning Acoustic Microscopy. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014 Mar 13;55(3):1549-54
  • Jinabhai A, O’Donnell C, Tromans C and Radhakrishnan H. Optical Quality And Visual Performance With Customised Soft Contact Lenses For Keratoconus. Ophthal Physiol Opt 2014 Sep;34(5):528-39
  • Hartwig A, Kheterpal S, Dermott J, O’Donnell C. Laser assisted cataract surgery. Optom Pract 2014 15 2 49 – 56Beshtawi IM, Akhtar R, Hillarby C, O’Donnell C, Zhao X, Brahma A,Carley F, Derby B, and Radhakrishnan H. Biomechanical properties of human corneas following low- and high-intensity collagen cross-linking determined with scanning acoustic microscopy. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2013 54 8 5273-80
  • Bowen-Thomas O, Jeffrey M, O’Donnell C. Refractive surgery for high myopia. Case Report. Optom Prac. 2013 14 155-60
  • Beshtawi I, Akhtar R, Hillarby C, O’Donnell C, Brahma A, Derby B Radhakrishnan H. Scanning Acoustic Microscopy For Mapping The Micro-Elastic Properties Of Human Corneal Tissue. 2013 Curr Eye Res. 38 437-44
  • Beshtawi I, O’Donnell C, Radhakrishnan H. Biomechanical Properties of Corneal Tissue after UV-A/Riboflavin Cross-Linking: Review J Cat Refract Surg 2013 39 451-62
  • Huntjens B, Charman WN, Workmann H, Hosking SL, O’Donnell C. Diurnal Fluctuations In Blood Glucose Concentration, Anterior Ocular Structures And Refractive Error In Diabetic And Healthy Human Subjects. Intended journal. PLoS One. 2012;7(12):e52947
  • Chiam P, O’Donnell C, Au L, Quah SA. Sulcus-fixated Intraocular Implant for Refractive Enhancement in Pseudophakic Patients: Two Case Reports. Optom Pract 13 3 123-125
  • Jinabhai A, Charman WN, O’Donnell C, Radhakrishnan H. Optical Quality for Keratoconic Eyes with Conventional RGP lens and Simulated, Customised Contact Lens Corrections: a Comparison. Ophthal Physiol Opt. 2012 32 200-12
  • O’Donnell C. and Efron N. Diabetes and Contact Lens Wear. Clin Exp Optom. 2012 95 328-37
  • Jinabhai A, Radhakrishnan H. Tromans C, O’Donnell C, Visual Performance and Optical Quality with Soft Lenses in Keratoconus Patients. Ophthal Physiol Opt, 2012 32 100-16
  • Jinabhai A, O’Donnell C, Radhakrishnan H. Changes in Refraction, Ocular Aberrations, and Corneal Structure After Suspending Rigid Gas-Permeable Contact Lens Wear in Keratoconus. Cornea, 2012 31 500
  • O’Donnell C, Hartwig A and Radhakrishnan H. Comparison of Corneal Thickness and Anterior Chamber Depth Measurements using Low Coherence Reflectometry, Scheimpflug Photography, and Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography. Cornea 2012 Feb 23
  • Roper N, Patel S, O’Donnell C. Stroke Signs in the Retina. Optom Pract. 2012
  • Radhakrishnan H, Miranda M and O’Donnell C. Corneal Biomechanical Properties Measured With Ocular Response Analyser And Their Correlates With Refractive Error. Clin Exp Optom Manuscript. Clin Exp Optom. 2012 Jan;95(1):12-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1444-0938.2011.00696.x.
  • Jinabhai A, O’Donnell C and Radhakrishnan H. Repeatability of Ocular Aberrations in Patients with Keratoconus. Ophthal Physiol Opt. 2011 Nov;31(6):588-94. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-1313.2011.00868.x. Epub 2011 Sep 21.
  • Jinabhai A, O’Donnell C, Radhakrishnan H, Nourrit V. Forward Light Scatter and Contrast Sensitivity in Keratoconic Patients. Contact Lens Anterior Eye. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2011 Aug 2. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Plakitisi A, O’Donnell C, Miranda M, Charman WN, Radhakrishnan H. Corneal Biomechanical Properties Measured With Ocular Response Analyser In A Myopic Population. Ophthal Physiol Opt. 2011; 31: 404-412
  • Simo-Mannion L, Tromans C and O’Donnell C. Reduction in Corneal Volume with Severity of Keratoconus. Curr Eye Res. 2011; 36: 522-527
  • O’Donnell C, Hartwig A and Radhakrishnan H . Correlations Between Refractive Error And Biometric Parameters In Human Eyes Using The LenStar 900. Contact Lens Anterior Eye. 2011; 34: 26-31
  • Jinabhai A, Radhakrishnan H and O’Donnell C. Pellucid Marginal Corneal Degeneration – A Review. Contact Lens Anterior Eye. 2011; 34 56-63
  • Jinabhai A, Radhakrishnan H and O’Donnell C. Corneal Changes After Suspending Contact Lens Wear in Early Pellucid Marginal Corneal Degeneration and Moderate Keratoconus. Eye & Contact Lens. 2011; 37 99-105
  • Jinabhai A, O’Donnell C and Radhakrishnan H. A Comparison between Subjective Refraction and Aberrometry Derived Refraction in Keratoconus Patients and Control Subjects. Curr Eye Res. 2010; 35 703-714
  • Jinabhai AN, Radhakrishnan H, O’Donnell C. Visual Acuity and Ocular Aberrations with Different RGP Lens Fittings in Keratoconus. Eye & CL. 2010; 93: 36 4 233-237
  • Radhakrishnan H, Jinabhai A and O’Donnell C. Dynamics of Ocular Aberrations in Keratoconus. Clin Exp Optom. 2010; 93 167-174
  • Jinabhai A, Radhakrishnan H and O’Donnell C. Higher Order Aberrations in Keratoconus: A review. Optom in Practice. 2009; 10 141-160
  • Miranda MA, Radhakrishnan H and O’Donnell C. Repeatability of Corneal Thickness Measured Using Oculus Pentacam. Optom Vis Sci. 2009; 86 266-72
  • Miranda MA, O’Donnell C and Radhakrishnan H. Repeatability of Corneal and Ocular Aberration Measurements and Changes in Aberrations Over a One Week Time Scale. Clin Exp Optom. 2009; 92 253-66
  • Miranda M, Radhakrishnan H and O’Donnell C. Repeatability of Oculus Pentacam Metrics Derived from Corneal Topography Cornea. 2009; 28 657-66
  • Taylor J, Charman WN, O’Donnell C and Radhakrishnan H. Effect of Target Spatial Frequency on Accommodative Response in Myopes and Emmetropes Journal of Vision. 2009; 9 1 1-14
  • Radhakrishnan H and O’Donnell C. Aberrometry in Clinical Practice: Case Series. Contact Lens Anterior Eye. 2008; 4 207-211
  • Srinivasan S, Skarmoutsos P, O’Donnell C and Kaye SB. Localised Bullous keratopathy Secondary to Posterior Polymorphous Dystrophy. Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2008; 36 800-1
  • Darwish T, Brahma A, O’Donnell C and Efron N, Subbasal Nerve Fiber Regeneration after LASIK and LASEK Assessed by Noncontact Esthesiometry and in vivo Confocal Microscopy: Prospective Study. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2007; 33 1515-1521
  • Darwish T, Brahma A, Efron N, O’Donnell C. Subbasal Nerve Regeneration after Penetrating Keratoplasty. Cornea. 2007; 26 935-940
  • Darwish T, Brahma A, Efron N, O’Donnell C. Subbasal Nerve Regeneration After LASEK Measured by Confocal Microscopy. J Refract Surg. 2007; 23 709-715
  • Simo-Mannion L, Tromans C and O’Donnell C. Corneal Nerve Structure And Function In Keratoconus. A Case Report. Eye Contact Lens 2007; 33 106-108.
  • Huntjens B and O’Donnell C. Refractive Error Changes In Diabetes Mellitus. Optom in Practice 2006; 7 103-114
  • O’Donnell C and Efron N. Corneal Hydration Control in Contact Lens Wearers with Diabetes Mellitus. Optom Vis Sci. 2006; 83 22-26
  • Simo-Mannion ML, Tromans C and O’Donnell C. Corneal Nerve Structure And Function In Keratoconus. Contact Lens Anterior Eye 2005; 28 185-192
  • O’Donnell C and Maldonado-Codina C. Agreement and Repeatability of Central Corneal Thickness Measurement using Ultrasound Pachymetry and the Oculus Pentacam. Cornea 2005; 28 185-192
  • Srinivasan S, Perez-Gomez I, O’Donnell C and Batterbury M. Corneal Endothelial Abnormalities and Thalidomide Toxicity. Cornea 2005; 24 103-105
  • O’Donnell C and Efron N. Corneal Endothelial Morphometry and Corneal Thickness in Diabetic Contact Lens Wearers. Optom Vis Sci. 2004; 81 858-862
  • O’Donnell C and Efron N. Non-Compliance in Diabetic Contact Lens Wearers. Ophthal Physiol Opt. 2004; 24 504-510
  • Kallinikos P, BerhanuM, O’Donnell C, Boulton AJM, Efron N and Malik RA.. Assessing Corneal Nerve Tortuosity in Diabetic Patients with Neuropathy. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2004; 45 418-422
  • Wolffsohn JS, O’Donnell C, Charman WN and Gilmartin B. Simultaneous Continuous Recording of Accommodation and Pupil Size using the Modified Shin-Nippon SRW-5000 Autorefractor. Ophthal Physiol Opt. 2004; 24 142-147
  • O’Donnell C and Wolffsohn JS. Grading of Corneal Transparency. Contact Lens Anterior Eye 2004; 27 161-170
  • O’Donnell C, Perez-Gomez I and Riaz A. Corneal Confocal Microscopy versus Specular Microscopy in the Evaluation of the Corneal Endothelium. Optom in Practice 2004; 5 145-152
  • O’Donnell C and Maldonado-Codina C. A Hyper Dk PiggyBack Contact Lens System for Keratoconus. Eye Contact Lens 2004; 30 44-48
  • O’Donnell C, Welham L, Doyle S. Contact Lens Management of Keratectasia after LASIK for Myopia. Eye Contact Lens 2004; 30 144-147
  • O’Donnell C. Continuous Wear Contact Lenses. Optom in Practice 2003; 4 43-54
  • O’Donnell C, Efron N and Boulton AJ. A Prospective Study of Contact Lens Wear in Diabetes Mellitus. Ophthal Physiol Opt. 2001; 21 127-138
  • O’Donnell C and Maldonado-Codina C. Corneal Imaging: Current Clinical Techniques. Optom Practice 2000; 1 2 55-66
 

Professional publications 

  • O’Donnell C and Nguyen D.  Glaucoma part 2. Screening and detection. Optician 2015;  May 18-26
  • Porter C and O’Donnell C. Contact Lens Fitting after PRK and LASIK. Optician 2003; 226 5917 24-29
  • Wolffsohn J, O’Donnell C, Cochrane A, Douthwaite W. Survey Of Pre-Reg Students’ Experience Of Contact Lenses. Optician 2003; 5921 16-18
  • O’Donnell C. The Anterior Eye and Diabetes. CE Optometry 2000; 3 2 77-81
  • O’Donnell C, Maldonado-Codina C. A New Paradigm: In Vivo Confocal Microscopy Part Two. Optician 1999; 217 5706 14-16
  • Maldonado-Codina C, O’Donnell C and. A New Paradigm: In Vivo Confocal Microscopy Part One. Optician 1999; 217 5705 18-19
  • O’Donnell C. The ETDRS and the Optometrist. CE Optometry 1998; 2 1 15-18.


Book Chapters

  • O’Donnell, C.  Diabetes (Chapter 35). In Contact Lens Practice, Ed. N Efron, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, 2010 (ISBN 978-0-7506-8869-7
  • Pérez Gómez I., Chadwick, L, Frangouli, A, Doyle, S, O’Donnell, C. Comparación del funcionamiento clínico de dos lentes de silicona e hidrogel usadas como lentes venda tras cirugía LASEK (Capítulo 10). En Cirugía Refractiva: soluciones ópticas a sus fracasos. Ed. A. López Alemany, Ulleye. Xàtiva, 2006; 87-92
  • O’Donnell, C.  Diabetes (Chapter 34). In Contact Lens Practice, Ed. N Efron, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford 2002 (ISBN 0-7506-4690-X)
  • Efron, N, Hollingsworth, J, Hiang, H, Maldonado-Codina, C, Morgan, PB., Mutalib, HA, O’Donnell, C, Oliveira-Soto, L, Patel, A, Perez-Gomez, I, Tullo, AB. Confocal Microscopy (Chapter 3). In The Cornea, its Examination in Contact Lens Practice. Ed. N. Efron, Butterworth-Heinemann. Oxford, 2001 (ISBN 0-7506-4798-1).

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