John Somner

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Faculty:Faculty of Medical Science

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Vision and eye research

Research interests

Sustainable eye care
Electronic health records and ophthalmology
Patient safety and quality health care

Consultancy and other professional activity

Specialty trainee ophthalmology


John taught on the Optometry course at the Glasgow Caledonian University and has an interest in teaching undergraduate medical students basic ophthalmic examination.



Selected recent publications

Somner JE, Connor A, Benjamin L. Eyes, economics and the environment: should green issues drive changes in ophthalmic care?--yes. Eye (Lond). 2010 Aug;24(8):1309-11.

Russell HC, Agarwal PK, Somner JE, Bowman RJ, Dutton GN. Off-Axis Digital Flash Photography: a Common Cause of Artefact Leukocoria in Children. J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 2010 Jan 1:1-3.

Leveziel N, Puche N, Richard F, Somner JE, Zerbib J, Bastuji-Garin S, Cohen SY, Korobelnik JF, Sahel J, Soubrane G, Benlian P, Souied EH. Genotypic influences on severity of exudative age-related macular degeneration. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2010 May;51(5):2620-5.

Somner JE, Cavanagh DJ, Wong KK, Whitelaw M, Thomson T, Mansfield D. The precautionary principle: what is the risk of reusing disposable drops in routine ophthalmology consultations and what are the costs of reducing this risk to zero? Eye. 2009 Jun 12. [Epub ahead of print]

Somner J, Scott KM, Morris DS, Gaskell A, Shepherd I. The ophthalmology carbon footprint: Something to be considered? J Cataract Refract Surg. 2009 Jan;35(1):202-3.

Somner J. Rubbing carbon footprints up the wrong way? J Hosp Infect. 2009 Jan;71(1): 92-3.

Somner JE, Lockington D. Tonometer disinfection practice in the United Kingdom: the climate implications. Eye. 2009 Aug;23(8):1748-9.

Stone N, Somner J, Jay J. Intractable diplopia: a new indication for corneal tattooing. Br J Ophthalmol. 2008 Nov;92(11):1445, 1561-2.

Somner JE, Mansfield D. Inadvertent injection of intravitreal air during intravitreal Lucentis injection for wet age-related macular degeneration: an undescribed complication. Eye. 2009 Aug;23(8):1744.

Somner JE, Stone N, Koukkoulli A, Scott KM, Field AR, Zygmunt J. Surgical scrubbing: can we clean up our carbon footprints by washing our hands? J Hosp Infect. 2008 Nov;70(3):212-5.

Morris DS, Severn PS, Smith J, Somner JE, Stannard KP, Cottrell DG. High altitude and retinal detachment. High Alt Med Biol. 2007 Winter;8(4):337-9.

Morris DS, Somner JE, Scott KM, McCormick IJ, Aspinall P, Dhillon B. Corneal thickness at high altitude. Cornea. 2007 Apr;26(3):308-11.

Somner JE, Yorston D.I couldn't take my drops, doc.Can J Ophthalmol. 2007 Apr;42(2):333.

Somner JE, Morris DS, Scott KM, MacCormick IJ, Aspinall P, Dhillon B.What happens to intraocular pressure at high altitude?Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2007 Apr;48(4):1622-

Somner JE, Scott KM, Gibb AP. What is the optimum location of alcohol-based hand cleanser?Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2007 Jan;28(1):108-9.

Morris DS, Somner J, Donald MJ, McCormick IJ, Bourne RR, Huang SS, Aspinall P, Dhillon B.The eye at altitude.Adv Exp Med Biol. 2006;588:249-70.

Somner JE, Dixon JM, Thomas JS. Node retrieval in axillary lymph node dissections: recommendations for minimum numbers to be confident about node negative status. J Clin Pathol. 2004 Aug;57(8):845-8.

Somner J, McLellan S, Cheung J, Mak YT, Frost ML, Knapp KM, Wierzbicki AS, Wheeler M, Fogelman I, Ralston SH, Hampson GN. Polymorphisms in the P450 c17 (17-hydroxylase/17, 20-Lyase) and P450 c19 (aromatase) genes: association with serum sex steroid concentrations and bone mineral density in postmenopausal women. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2004 Jan;89(1):344-51.