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Dr Hannah Bartlett - Aston University. Birmingham, , GB

Dr Hannah Bartlett

Reader, Optometry Optometry & Vision Science Research Group (OVSRG) Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing | Aston University


Dr Bartlett's research portfolio is broadly based around the role of nutrition in ocular disease.






London Conference 2013 - Dr Hannah Bartlett - Nutrition and supplements




Dr Hannah Bartlett's research portfolio is broadly based around the role of nutrition in ocular disease, but has included the development and evaluation of ophthalmic instrumentation, clinical trials, the development of hand-held technologies for people with low vision, and investigations of the psychology of nutritional behaviour. This range of research has been made possible through collaborations with engineers, computer scientists, clinicians and health psychologists and is linked by the aim to impact on the lives of those people living with ocular diseases.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Clinical Education

Ophthalmic Instrumentation

Low Vision

Ocular Nutrition

Macular Pigment

Ocular Physiology

Education (3)

Aston University: MEd 2017

Aston University: PhD, Ocular Nutrition 2005

Aston University: BSc, Optometry 2000

Affiliations (6)

  • College of Optometrists : Member
  • General Optical Council : Member
  • Higher Education Academy : Member
  • American Academy of Optometry : Fellow
  • Higher Education Academy : Senior Fellow
  • Higher Education Academy : Principal Fellow

Media Appearances (2)

Curious Kids: how do eyes grow?

The Conversation  online


Each different type of cell is the starting point for the different parts of our bodies. So one type of cell might help to grow our ears, while another will help to grow our hearts, and so on. There are three different types of cell that work to make our eyes. When we have been growing inside mum for about three weeks, our eyes start to be created.

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A feast for the eyes: how to improve your eyesight with food

Daily Express  online


“Some studies suggest that maintaining a healthy diet, including oily fish, nuts, fruit and vegetables in your meals could reduce your eye disease risk in the future,” says Dr Hannah Bartlett of Aston University’s School of Life & Health Sciences in Birmingham.

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Articles (5)

Agreement in clinical decision-making between independent prescribing optometrists and consultant ophthalmologists in an emergency eye department


2020 The specialty-registration of independent prescribing (IP) was introduced for optometrists in 2008, which extended their roles including into acute ophthalmic services (AOS). The present study is the first since IP’s introduction to test concordance between IP optometrists and consultant ophthalmologists for diagnosis and management in AOS.

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Comparison of the eating behaviour and dietary consumption in older adults with and without visual impairment

British Journal of Nutrition

2020 Globally, a high prevalence of obesity and undernutrition has been reported in people with visual impairment (VI) who have reported multi-factorial obstacles that prevent them from achieving a healthy diet, such as having restricted shopping and cooking abilities. The present study is the first to investigate the relationship between VI and dietary consumption using a representative sample size, standardised methods to categorise VI and a detailed analysis of dietary consumption.

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Colour contrast sensitivity in eyes at high risk of neovascular age-related macular degeneration

European Journal of Ophthalmology

2019 To generate the first published reference database of colour contrast sensitivity in eyes at high risk of neovascular age-related macular degeneration and to explore this important feature in quality of vision.

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An analysis of the impact of visual impairment on activities of daily living and vision-related quality of life in a visually impaired adult population

British Journal of Visual Impairment

2018 Previous research has shown that people with visual impairment are more likely to be malnourished and have reported to have difficulty shopping for, preparing, and eating food. They are also reported to have a poor quality of life. The present study aims to investigate the impact of visual impairment on activities of daily living and Vision-Related Quality of Life (VR-QoL) in a sample of adults with visual impairment who are living in the United Kingdom.

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Testing the impact of an educational intervention designed to promote ocular health among people with age-related macular degeneration

British Journal of Visual Impairment

2018 Research has shown that individuals affected by age-related macular degeneration (AMD) do not always consume foods or supplements known to be beneficial for ocular health. This study tested the effectiveness of an educational intervention designed to promote healthy eating and nutritional supplementation in this group. A total of 100 individuals with AMD completed baseline measures of several variables: confidence that diet affects AMD, motivation to engage in health-protective behaviours, knowledge about which nutrients are beneficial, and intake of kale, spinach, and eggs. Participants were allocated to either intervention or control conditions. Intervention participants received a leaflet and prompt card that contained advice regarding dietary modification and supplementation. Control participants received a leaflet created by the Royal College of Optometrists.

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