Dr Sarah J Waugh

Reader in Vision Science, Research Coordinator

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Vision and Hearing Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Health, social care and medical innovation

Sarah is our Department’s Research Coordinator and Reader in Vision and Sciences.

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sarah.waugh@anglia.ac.uk

Background

Having graduated in optometry from the Queensland University of Technology, Sarah completed her Masters degree at the University of Melbourne and PhD at the University of Houston.

Sarah's principle research interests are in spatial vision and amblyopia using tools of psychophysics, visual electrophysiology and eye movement recording. Her clinical and research interests are in paediatric and binocular vision.

Research interests

  • Visual acuity, contour interaction and crowding for luminance, luminance-modulated noise and contrast-modulated noise letters and symbols
  • Binocular vision, amblyopia and interocular suppression
  • Paediatric vision, development and treatment of amblyopia, nystagmus
  • Visual electrophysiology (VEPs) in normal, developing and anomalous vision
  • Occupational and educational colour vision testing

Areas of research supervision

  • Interocular suppression mapping in degraded vision and amblyopia
  • Paediatric visual acuity charts: improving design for detecting amblyopia
  • Binocular rivalry characteristics with different spatial stimuli
  • Improving vision screening for amblyopia
  • Fixational eye movement contributions to visual performance
  • Visual evoked potentials for first- and second-order stimuli
  • Vision screening in children
  • Development of crowding in children

Teaching

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BOptom (Hons) Optometry, BSc (Hons) Ophthalmic Dispensing

Qualifications

  • DipAppSci(Optom), Queensland University of Technology
  • MSc(Optom), University of Melbourne
  • PhD (Physiological Optics), University of Houston
  • Registered Optometrist with General Optical Council (GOC) UK
  • Registered Optometrist with Optometry Board of Australia

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, the Higher Education Academy
  • FAAO, American Academy of Optometry
  • MCOptom, the College of Optometrists
  • Vision Sciences Society
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Applied Vision Association
  • International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Consultancy

  • Nominated Officer, Addenbrooke’s Community Paediatric Ophthalmology Service (ACPOS) on behalf of Anglia Ruskin Enterprise Ltd
  • Senior Consultant Optometrist, Paediatric Ophthalmology, Addenbrooke’s Hospital
  • Founding Director, Anglia Vision Colour Investigations, Anglia Ruskin University

Selected recent publications

Bedell, H., Siderov, J., Formankiewicz, J., Waugh, S.J. and Aydin, S., 2015. Evidence for an eye-movement contribution to normal foveal crowding. Optometry and Vision Science, 92, pp.1-9.

Siderov, J., Waugh, S.J. and Bedell, H., 2014. Foveal contour interaction on the edge: response to ‘Letter- to-the-Editor’ by Drs Coates and Levi. Vision Research, 96, pp.145-148.

Bedell, H., Siderov, J., Waugh, S.J., Zemanova, R., Pluhacek, F. and Musilova, L., 2013. Contour interaction for foveal acuity targets of different luminance. Vision Research, 89, pp.90-95.

Formankiewicz, M. and Waugh, S.J., 2013. The effects of blur and eccentric viewing on adult acuity for pediatric tests: implications for amblyopia detection. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 54(10), pp.6934-6943.

Hairol, M.I., Formankiewicz, M. and Waugh, S.J., 2013. Foveal visual acuity is worse and shows stronger contour interaction effects for contrast-modulated than luminance-modulated Cs. Visual Neuroscience, 30(3), pp.105-120.

Siderov, J., Waugh, S.J. and Bedell, H., 2012. Foveal contour interaction for low contrast acuity targets. Vision Research, 77, pp.10-13.

Hairol, M.I. and Waugh, S.J., 2010. Lateral facilitation revealed dichoptically for luminance-modulated and contrast-modulated stimuli. Vision Research, 50, pp.2530-2542.

Hairol, M.I. and Waugh, S.J., 2010. Lateral interactions across space reveal links between processing streams for luminance-modulated and contrast-modulated stimuli. Vision Research, 50, pp.889-903.

Recent presentations and conferences

Conference abstracts
Gautier, J., Hairol, M.I., Siderov, J. and Waugh, S.J., 2014. Microsaccades are monocular and might compensate for foveal non-uniformity during discrimination. Perception, 43 ECVP Abstract Supplement, p.86.

Hairol, M.I., Gautier, J., Siderov, J. and Waugh, S.J., 2014. Visual Evoked Potentials to Luminance-modulated and Contrast-modulated Noise Checkerboards. Perception, 43 ECVP Abstract Supplement, p.135.

Waugh, S.J., Formankiewicz, M. and Hairol, M.I., 2014. Effects of stimulus duration on foveal crowding using visual acuity letters. Journal of Vision 14(10): 787.

Skerswetat, J., Fomankiewicz, M. and Waugh, S.J., 2014. Binocular rivalry using luminance- and contrast- modulated stimuli. Journal of Vision, 14(10), p.1234.

Gautier, J., Le Meur, O. and Waugh, S.J., 2014. Saccade direction and surface orientation: effect of scene context. Journal of Vision 14(10): 787. Journal of Vision, 14(10), p.56.

Hairol, M.I., Abd-Latif, N., Woi, P.J., Ahmad-Rashaidi, N.H., Kaur, J. and Waugh, S.J., 2014. Visual acuity and spatial interaction zones: investigating the periphery in anisometropic amblyopia. Journal of Vision, 14(10), p.772.

Aydin, S., Bedell, H., Siderov, J., Adeleye, M., Chima, A.S., Waugh, S.J. and Gautier, J., 2014. The possible influence of eye movements on crowding: a preliminary study. Journal of Vision, 14(10), p.1211.

Waugh, S.J., 2014. New considerations for detecting amblyopia. International Congress of Optometry and Vision Science (CIOCV). ISBN 978‐972‐99609‐9‐4, p.37.

Chima, A.S., Formankiewicz, M. and Waugh, S.J., 2013. Measurement of interocular suppression across the binocular visual field using luminance-modulated and contrast-modulated noise stimuli. Journal of Vision, 13(9), p.549.

Waugh, S.J., Formankiewicz, M. and Warner, H., 2013. Visual acuity performance for luminance-modulated and contrast-modulated Cs and letters in the periphery: what crowds best? Journal of Vision, 13(9), p.572.

Chima, A.S., Waugh, S.J. and Formankiewicz, M., 2012. The effect of blur on inter-ocular suppression of luminance-modulated and contrast-modulated stimuli. Perception, 41 ECVP Abstract Supplement, p.82.

Formankiewicz, M., Waugh, S.J. and Hairol, M.I., 2012. The effects of termination rules on contour interaction in a resolution acuity task with luminance-modulated and contrast-modulated Cs. Perception, 41 (ECVP Abstract Supplement), p.156.

Lalor, S.J.H., Formankiewicz, M. and Waugh, S.J., 2012. Where should the bars be to produce optimal crowding effects using children’s acuity letters, pictures and symbols? EAOO (abstract).

Lalor, S.J.H., Formankiewicz, M. and Waugh, S.J., 2012. Could contrast-modulated optotypes aid in the detection of amblyopia? Perception, 41 ECVP Abstract Supplement, p.156.

Waugh, S.J., Formankiewicz, M. and Hairol, M.I., 2012. Contour interaction extents (in MAR) for differently-sized Cs vary little within, but lots between, LM and CM acuity systems. Journal of Vision, 12(9), p.101.

Ahmad, N., Waugh, S.J. and Formankiewicz. M., 2011. Dioptric blur affects grating acuity more than letter acuity for contrast-modulated stimuli. Journal of Vision, 11(11), p.1189.

Formankiewicz, M., Waugh, S.J. and Chima, A.S., 2011. Contour interaction under monocular and dichoptic viewing conditions for luminance-modulated and contrast-modulated Cs. Journal of Vision, 11(11), p.1147.

Waugh, S.J., Formankiewicz, M. and Polczyk-Przybyla, J.A., 2011. Effects of imposed Gaussian blur on contour interaction for luminance-modulated and contrast-modulated noisy Cs. Journal of Vision, 11(11), p.1151.

Waugh, S.J., Formankiewicz, M., Ahmad, N. and Hairol, M.I., 2010. Effects of dioptric blur on foveal acuity and contour interaction for noisy Cs. Journal of Vision, 10(7), p.1330.

Formankiewicz, M. Hairol, M.I. and Waugh, S.J., 2010. Effects of contrast on foveal acuity and contour interaction using luminance and contrast modulated Cs. Journal of Vision, 10(7), p.1333.

Hairol, M.I., Formankiewicz, M. and Waugh, S.J., 2010. Visual acuity and contour interaction for luminance-modulated and contrast-modulated Cs in normal foveal vision. Journal of Vision, 10(7), p.1332.