Dr Ebi Osuobeni

Deputy Head of Department

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Vision and Hearing Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Health, social care and medical innovation

Ebi is an experienced lecturer in optometry, studying and teaching internationally. His research covers vision anomalies, facial, human and animal ocular biometry and the effects of sickle cell disease.

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Ebi has studied optometry in Nigeria, the UK and the USA. He has been a lecturer and Professor of Optometry at the University of Benin and an Associate Professor at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Ebi is currently the Deputy Head and Admissions Tutor of our department.

Ebi’s research interests include psychophysics, binocular vision, ocular and facial anthropometry, visual acuity chart design, ocular epidemiology and the effects of sickle cell disease on the eye.

Research interests

  • Aesthetic ophthalmic dispensing: optometrists correct refractive error mainly by prescribing glasses and dispensing contact lenses. However, there are very few scientific studies into the factors that inform the choice of spectacle frames. We are interested in studying the reasons for dislike of glasses by some patients and the willingness of others to embrace its use. We are currently investigating how facial shape inform the choice of spectacle frame shape
  • How spectacles affect the perception of facial attractiveness and the perception of some basic human emotion including anger, fright and happiness.
  • Human and animal ocular biometry
  • Facial and ocular anthropometry
  • Screening and binocular vision anomalies
  • Design, construction and validation of visual acuity chart design. We have designed, developed and validated visual acuity charts in the major Indian languages including Hindi, Gujarati and Punjabi. We are currently interested in designing letter and pictorial visual acuity for Arabic-speaking children
  • Visual and ocular effects of sickle cell disease – interested in studying how sickle cell disease affects the morphology and function of the eye including the development of refractive error

Areas of research supervision

  • Further insights into letter crowding: The role of contour interaction, contrast and gaze fixations
  • Design, construction and validation of new Indian language visual acuity charts
  • The relationship between corneal dimensions, central corneal thickness and intraocular pressure in adult Nigerians without glaucoma
  • The development of crowding in children


Lecturer on the following modules: Refractive Managment and Methods of Ocular Examination, Clinical Optometry 4: Advanced Optometric Practice, Clinical Optometry 2: Skills for Optometric Practice, Undergraduate Major Project, Clinical Optometry 5: Professional Practice


  • PhD (Physiological Optics), Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
  • MSc (Optometry), University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology, Cardiff, UK
  • BSc (Optometry), University of Benin, Benin-City, Nigeria

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member, College of Optometry, UK
  • Member, Nigeria Optometric Association
  • Member, Association of Optometrists, UK
  • Member, Sigma Xi, Research Society, USA
  • Member Research Development Working Group, European Academy of Optometry and Optics

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange


  • Consultant Optometrist, King AbdulAziz University Hospital, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Consultant Optometrist, King Khalid University Hospital, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Consultant Optometrist, The Eye Center, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • External Examiner, School of Optometry, National Institute of Ophthalmic Sciences, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
  • Visiting Professor and External Examiner, Department of Optometry, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria

Selected recent publications

Sailoganathan A., Siderov J. and Osuobeni, E.P., 2013. A New Gujarati language logMAR Visual Acuity Chart: Development and Validation. Indian J Ophthalmol, 1, pp.557 -561.

Iyamu, E. and Osuobeni, E.P., 2012. Age, Gender, Corneal Diameter, Corneal Curvature and Central Corneal Thickness in Nigerians with Normal Intra Ocular Pressure. J Optometry; 5, pp.87-97.

Allen P.M., Radhakrishnan, H., Rae, S.M., Calver, R.I., Theagarayan, B.P., Nelson, P., Osuobeni, E.P., Sailoganathan, A. and O’Leary D.J., 2009. Aberration Control and Vision Training as an Effective Means of Improving Accommodation in Individuals with Myopia. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci; 50, pp.5120-5129.

Osuobeni, E.P., Okpala, I,, Williamson, T.H. and Thomas, P., 2009. Height, Weight, Body Mass Index and Ocular Biometry in Patients with Sickle Cell Disease. Ophthal Physiol Opt, 29, pp. 89-198.

Calver, R., Radhakrishnan, H., Osuobeni, E.P. and O'Leary D.J., 2007. Peripheral Refraction for Distance and Near Vision in Emmetropes and Myopes. Ophthal Physiol Opt; 27, pp.584-593.

Osuobeni, E.P., Hegartty, C. and Gunvant, P., 2003. The Effect of Corneal Thickness on the Estimates of the Anterior Chamber Depth. Clin Expt Optom, 86, pp.371-375.

Osuobeni, E.P. and Oduwaiye, K., 2003. The Effect of Illumination-Microscope Angle on Slit-Lamp Estimates of the Anterior Chamber. Optom Vis Sci, 80, pp.237-244.

Osuobeni, E.P., Oduwaiye, K. and Ogbuehi, K., 2000. Intra-observer Repeatability and Inter-Observer Agreement of the Just-Touching-Slit-Length Method of Measuring the Anterior Chamber Depth. Ophthal Physiol Opt, 20, pp.153-159.

Osuobeni, E.P., 1999. Ocular Components Values and their Intercorrelations in Saudi Arabians. Ophthal Physiol Opt, 19, pp.489-497.

Osuobeni, E.P. and Hamidzada, W.A., 1999. Refractive Indices of the Ocular Fluids of the One-Humped Camel (Camelus Dromedarius). Med Sci Res, 27, pp.499-500.

Osuobeni, E.P. and Hamidzada, W.A., 1999. Ultrasonographic Determination of the Dimensions of Ocular Components of the One-Humped Camel (Camelus Dromedarius). Res Vet Sci, 67, pp.123-127.

Hamidzada, W.A. and Osuobeni, E.P., 1999. Agreement Between Measurements of Camel Ocular Distances using A- and B-mode Ultrasonography. Vet Radiol Ultr, 40, pp. 502-507.

Osuobeni, E.P. and Oduwaiye, K.A., 1999. Ultrasonographic Measurement and Slit-Lamp Estimate of Anterior Chamber Depth in Saudi Arabian Adults. Saudi J Ophthalmol, 13, pp.175-183.

Hamidzada, W.A. and Osuobeni, E.P., 1998. Ultrasound Velocity in the Aqueous and Vitreous Humors of the One-Humped Camel (Camelus Dromedarius). Clin Expt Optom, 81, pp.222-227.

Osuobeni, E.P., 1998. The Effect of Preservation on the Velocity of Sound Through the Ocular Fluids of the One-Humped Camel (Camelus sromedarius). Med Sci Res, 6, pp.503-504.

Osuobeni, E.P. and Hamidzada, W.A., 1998. Determination of Sound Velocity in the Lens of the One-Humped Camel (Camelus Dromedarius). Med Sci Res, 26, pp.267-269.

Osuobeni, E.P., 1997. Upper Eyelid Margin-to-Corneal Reflex Distance in Arab Boys. Clin Expt Optom, 80, pp.187-191.

Osuobeni, E.P. and Al-Mijalli, M., 1997. Lid Thickness, Corneal Astigmatism and Gender. Med Sci Res, 25, pp.469-470.

Osuobeni, E.P., Al-Abdulmunem, M. and Radwan, G., 1997. The Upper Eyelid Position in Saudi Arabian Men. Saudi J Ophthalmol, 11, pp.64-66.

Osuobeni, E.P. and Al-Mijalli, M., 1997. Association Between Eyelid Thickness and Corneal Astigmatism. Clin Exp Optom, 80,. pp.35-39.

Osuobeni, E.P., 1996. Prevalence of Congenital Red-Green Colour Vision Defects in Arab Boys from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Ophthal Epidemiol, 3, pp.167-170.

Osuobeni, E.P., 1996. Hypoaccomodative Convergence Insufficiency Symptoms, Diagnosis and Therapy. Saudi J Ophthalmol, 10, pp.69-71.

Osuobeni, E.P. and Al-Amir, O.M., 1996. Gaze-Related Near Heterophoria Incomitance. Clin Exp Optom, 79, pp.76-81.

Osuobeni, E.P. and Al-Arify H.A., 1996. Characteristics of Corneal Astigmatism in Saudi Arabian Boys. Saudi J Ophthalmol, 10, pp.21-26.

Osuobeni, E.P. and Al-Harbi, A.A., 1995. Normal Values of Ocular Protrusion in Saudi Arabian Male Children. Optom Vis Sci, 72, pp.1-9. 

Osuobeni, E.P., 1995. Normal Hertel Oular Protrusion Values in Saudi Arabian Young Men of Semitic Origin. Saudi J Ophthalmol, 9, pp.64-72.

Osuobeni, E.P., Al-Gharni, S.S. and Al-Ibrahim, A.M., 1994. Normal Canthal Index and Intercanthal Dimensions in Saudi Arabian Young Men and Boys of Semitic Origin. Saudi J Ophthalmol, 8, pp.56-62.

Osuobeni, E.P., 1994). Al-Fahdi M. Differences Between Anatomical and Physiological Interpupillary Distance. J Am Optom Assoc, 65, pp.265-271.

Osuobeni, E.P. and Al-Gharni, S.S., 1994. Ocular and Facial Antropometry of Young Adult Males of Arab Origin. Optom Vis Sci, 71, pp.33-37.

Osuobeni, E.P, and Al-Ibraheem, A.M., 1993. Ocular and Facial Dimensions of Arab Children. J Am Optom Assoc, 64, pp.717-722.

Osuobeni, E.P. and Al-Musa, K.A., 1993. Gender Difference in Interpupillary Distance Among Arabs. Optom Vis Sci, 70, pp.1027-1030.

Osuobeni, E.P. and Faden, F.K., 1993. Interpupillary Distance of Females of Arab Origin. Optom Vis Sci, 70, pp.244-247.

Osuobeni, E.P. and Al-Zughaibi, A.M., 1993. Induced Prismatic Effect in Spectacle Prescription Sampled in Saudi Arabia. Optom Vis Sci, 70, pp.160-166.

Osuobeni, E.P., 1992. Monocular Vernier Acuity in Normally Binocular, Monocular and Amblyopic Subjects. Optom Vis Sci, 69, pp.550-555.
Osuobeni, E.P., 1991. Effect of Reduced Accommodative Response on Isoluminance Stereothreshold. Optom Vis Sci, 68, pp.641-644.

Osuobeni, E.P., 1991. Effect of Chromatic Aberration on Isoluminance Stereothreshold. Optom Vis Sci, 68, pp.552-555.

Osuobeni, E.P. and O'Leary, D.J., 1986. Chromatic and Luminance Difference Contribution to Stereopsis. Am J Optom Physiol Opt, 63, pp.970-977.