Dr Yvonne Norgett

Senior lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Vision and Hearing Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Vision and eye research

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Yvonne is an experienced optometrist and teaches mainly clinical aspects of our optometry degree, including contact lenses. She's worked extensively with optometric professional bodies.

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yvonne.norgett@anglia.ac.uk

Background

Yvonne gained her PhD from Anglia Ruskin University on the subject of visual crowding in children. Her research continues to focus on the study of visual development, with the aim of better detection of childhood eye problems.

After graduating from the University of Manchester with a degree in ophthalmic optics, Yvonne gained clinical experience working in the Hospital Eye Service and in private and multiple practice. She held the position of Professional Services Manager (Eastern Region) for Boots Opticians Ltd from 1993 to 1998.

Yvonne is an experienced examiner for the College of Optometrists and is a member of the OSCE editing and writing group. She was also a panel member of the Fitness to Practise Panel appointed by the UK regulatory body, the General Optical Council, from 2003-2015.

Research interests

  • Children's vision
  • Visual acuity measurement
  • Clinical assessment and standard setting
  • The anterior eye in contact lens wear

Teaching

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BOptom (Hons) Optometry

Qualifications

  • PhD, Anglia Ruskin University 
  • PGCert (LTHE), Anglia Ruskin University
  • BSc (hons), Ophthalmic Optics, University of Manchester

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow of the College of Optometrists
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Examiner for the College of Optometrists
  • Member of College of Optometrists Editing and Writing Group for professional examinations
  • Member of the General Optical Council Fitness to Practice Committee 2003-2015

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Principal investigator for a successful College of Optometrists iPRO grant – The assessment of visual acuity in young children – which test is best?  2008
  • College of Optometrists travel grant awarded October 2014

Selected recent publications

  • Norgett, Y. & Siderov, J. (2014). Foveal crowding differs in children and adults. Journal of Vision, 14, 23.
  • Norgett Y, Siderov J. Crowding in Children's Visual Acuity Tests- Effect of Test Design and Age. Optometry & Vision Science. 2011 Aug 11;88(8):920-7.
  • Wolffsohn JS, Naroo SA, Christie C, Morris J, Conway R, Maldonado-Codina C, Retalic N, Purslow C, Conway R, Norgett Y Contact Lens and Anterior Eye 38(4):258-265 01 Jan 2015
  • Wolffsohn JS, Naroo SA, Christie C, Morris J, Conway R, Maldonado-Codina C, Conway R, Norgett Y, Wolffsohn J, Naroo S Contact Lens and Anterior Eye 38(4):266-271 01 Jan 2015

Recent presentations and conferences

Norgett, Y and Siderov, J Effect of test chart configuration on crowding in strabismic amblyopia American Academy of Optometry Anaheim, 9-12 November 2016
Norgett, Y and Siderov, J Effect of crowding on the slopes of the psychometric functions in visual acuity measurements Optom Vis Sci 2014;91: 145153
Norgett Y, Siderov J Foveal crowding differs in children and adults. American Academy of Optometry, Seattle 17-20 October 2013
Norgett Y, Siderov J. Crowding in children’s visual acuity measurement: the importance of gaze control and contour interaction. American Academy of Optometry, San Francisco, 17 Nov 2010 - 20 Nov 2010
Norgett Y, Siderov J. The assessment of visual acuity in young children – which test is best? College of Optometrists Research Symposium, York, 18 Apr 2010 - 19 Apr 2010
Norgett Y., Siderov J., & Patel R-L. An evaluation of the introduction of objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) into an undergraduate optometry course. College of Optometrists Research Symposium, Brighton, March, 2009

Media experience

  • ‘Children help with vision project’ BBC website 20.05.09
  • ‘Children eye up chance for scientific research’ Cambridge News Online 30.05.09
  • BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Breakfast show 6 min interview 04.06.09
  • ‘Anglia team tests vision charts’ Optician 05.06.09
  • ‘School eyes project gets on BBC’ Optometry Today 05.06.09