Liam Kite

Senior Lecturer

Visual Function and Physiology Research Group

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Vision and Hearing Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Health, social care and medical innovation

Liam is a qualified registered dispensing optician with over 30 years' experience. He is a council member of the General Optical Council.

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Liam qualified as a dispensing optician in 1987 and spent the next 13 years in practice, working in various roles for Dollond & Aitchison including a secondment to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn, where he ran the Low Vision Clinic. In 1995, he took over the running of the optometry clinic in the Leicester Royal Infirmary Hospital.

Liam has been an ABDO Practical Examiner (1989–2011), Theory Examiner (1997–2011) and Distance Learning Tutor (1989–2007), as well as a course tutor for the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Manufacturers (2006–2011).

In 2013, Liam was named the Association of Optometrist's Lecturer of the Year.

Research interests

  • The effects of anti-reflection coating on light transmission
  • The repeatability and accuracy of ophthalmic measurements
  • The design and manufacture of spectacle frames for the paediatric patient
  • The BSEN safety standards as applied to private practice
  • The legal and ethical aspects of a modern optometric practice

Areas of research supervision

  • The effect of a degraded anti reflection coating on the visual function of a patient


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BSc (Hons) Opthalmic Dispensing, FdSc Ophthalmic Dispensing


  • Fellowship Diploma of the ABDO in Ophthalmic Dispensing (ABDO DLI)
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Learning and Teaching, Anglia Ruskin University
  • MA in Learning and Teaching (HE), Anglia Ruskin University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow, Association of British Dispensing Opticians
  • Registrant, General Optical Council

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange


  • Committee member – Academic Committee of the ABDO
  • Council member of the General Optical Council