Blazing the trail for women in vision science

A little later than planned, this month we talk to the inspirational Professor Shahina Pardhan MCOptom - the first female Professor of Optometry in the UK. Professor Pardhan talks to Martin and guest host, Dr Susan Blakeney FCOptom, about her experience, the obstacles she faced in her own career and what can be done to remove those barriers for future generations.

Professor Pardhan edited this month's special issue of Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics (OPO), which celebrates some of the leading female vision scientists worldwide and is dedicated to Professor Dame Ida Caroline Mann. Professor Ida Mann was a distinguished ophthalmologist recognised for her work on embryology and development of the eye, as well as genetic and social influences on eye diseases. Read the latest edition of OPO.

Professor Pardhan's career was also featured in the College's member journal Acuity.

If you would like to join The Women in Vision UK group, contact Professor Shahina Pardhan at or email

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