Prof Peter Allen

Professor of Optometry and Visual Science

Visual Function and Physiology Research Group

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

Department:Department of Vision and Hearing Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Health, social care and medical innovation

Peter is the Head of our Visual Function and Physiology Research group. His areas of expertise include refractive error development, vision and reading, vision in sports and visual function in specialist populations.

peter.allen@anglia.ac.uk

Background

Peter is the Professor of Optometry and Visual Science. In his research Peter collaborates with colleagues in the UK and in Australia, India, America, Holland, US and Germany. He is an assessor and examiner for the College of Optometrists.

In 2013 Peter was awarded the Neil Charman Medal, one of the most prestigious awards in optical research, in recognition of his work on visual stress and the link between reading difficulties and perceptual distortion.

Research interests

  • Myopia
  • Reading difficulties
  • Visual function in specialist groups
  • Tinnitus
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Sports Vision

Areas of research supervision

Previous postgraduate research supervision

  • Investigation of risk factors that precede primary open angle glaucoma
  • Audiology-guided internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy for adult patients with tinnitus in the UK
  • The effects of colour on reading and visual correlates in children and adolescents who are profoundly or severely deaf
  • Investigation of a new clinical method of measuring amplitude of accommodation
  • Nearwork-induced transient myopia in myopic and non-myopic Indian subjects
  • Reading, contrast adaptation and accommodation in young adult myopes and emmetropes
  • The objective correlates of visual stress
  • The effect of age on myopia progression in 14 – 21-year olds
  • The effect of vision training on accommodation and myopia progression

Teaching

BOptom (Hons) Optometry

External Examiner

2015-2019 University of Ulster external examiner for the BSc Hons Optometry programme
2015-2019 Cardiff University external examiner for postgraduate taught programmes

Qualifications

  • PhD, Anglia Ruskin University
  • BSc (Hons) Ophthalmic Optics, City University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, the College of Optometrists
  • Fellow, the Higher Education Academy
  • Council Member and on the Board of Trustees, the College of Optometrists

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Since 2016:

2018 - Low-dose atropine eye drops to reduce progression of myopia. A. Azuara-Blanco, N. Logan, N. Strang, K. Saunders, P.M. Allen, R. Hogg, N. Congdon, C Hammond. NIHR-EME £1,257,235
 
2017 - The impact of vision impairment on performance in athletics: development of sport-specific classification. P.M. Allen, D. Mann, K. Latham and H.J.C. Ravensbergen, IPC EU 23,995
 
2016 - An accurate and reliable procedure for testing the visual field during the sport-specific classification of athletes with vision impairment. D. Mann, H.J.C. Ravenbergen, P.M. Allen, K. Latham Agitos Foundation GSP EU 19,000
 
2016 - VI shooting classification research project. P.M. Allen, S. Bond, D. Mann, D. Ryu, H.J.C. Ravenbergen, K. Latham, J. Myint Agitos Foundation GSP EU 19,000
 
2016 - Classification of vision impairment for Paralympic sport. P.M. Allen, D. Mann, H.J.C. Ravensbergen, J. Myint, K. Latham, D. Ryu and K. Dalton. College of Optometrists Collaborative Research Award £11,420
 
2016 - VI classification research project P.M. Allen. British Paralympic Association £1,500
 
2016 - Internet-delivered versus face-to-face clinical care for tinnitus: a randomised control trial. E. Beukes, D. Bagley, G. Andersson, V. Manchaiah, P.M. Allen. British Society of Audiology £4,992

Selected recent publications

Since 2016:

Beukes, E.W., Manchaiah, V., Davies, A.S.A, Allen, P.M., Baguley, D.M. and Andersson, G. (2018). Participants’ experiences of an Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy for tinnitus. International Journal of Audiology.

Beukes, E.W., Andersson, G., Allen, P.M. Manchaiah, V. and Baguley, D.M. (2018). Effectiveness of guided Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy versus face-to-face clinical care for the treatment of tinnitus: A randomised clinical trial. JAMA Otolaryngology.

Wilkins, L., Sweeney, J., Zaborski, Z., Nelson, C., Tweddle, S., Beukes, E.W., Allen, P.M. (2018). Elite academy soccer players’ perceptions towards Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology.

Beukes, E.B., Allen, P.M., Baguley, D.M., Manchaiah, V., Andersson, G. (2018). Long-term efficacy of audiologist-guided Internet-Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Tinnitus. American Journal of Audiology.

Burns, D.H., Allen, P.M., Edgar, D.F., Evans, B.J.W. (2018). A review of depth of focus in measurement of the amplitude of accommodation. Vision, 2, 37; doi:10.3390/vision2030037.

Allen, P.M. Ravensbergen, R., Latham, K., Rose, A., Myint, J., Mann, D.L. (2018). Contrast sensitivity is a significant predictor of performance in rifle shooting for athletes with vision impairment. Frontiers in Psychology: Movement Science and Sport Psychology 9: 950.doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00950.

Wilkins, L., Mann, D.L., Dain, S.J., Hayward, T. and Allen, P.M. (2018). Out with the old, in with the new: How changes in cricket helmet regulations affect the vision of batters. Journal of Sports Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2018.1479944.

Hussaindeen, J.R., Anand, M., Sivaraman, V., Krishna, R. and Allen, P.M. (2018). Variant myopia – a new presentation? Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, 66, 799-805.

Aldrich, A., Lovell-Patel, R., Allen, P.M., Wilkins, A.J. (2018). The repeatability of Colorimetry is as expected. Neuro-Ophthalmology and Visual Neuroscience, 3, 1-6

Srinivasan, K., Krishnan, G., Wilkins, A.J. and Allen, PM. (2018). Design of a Kannada version of the Rate of Reading Test. Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, 66, 630-633.

Evans, B.J.W. and Allen, P.M. (2018). Coloured filters and visual stress. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 38, 203-204.

Manchaiah, V., Beukes, E.W., Granberg, S., Durisala, N., Baguley, D.M., Allen, P.M. and Andersson, G. (2018) Problems and life effects experienced by tinnitus research study volunteers: an exploratory study using the ICF classification. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology DOI: 10.3766/jaaa.17094

Beukes, E.W., Baguley, D.M., Allen, P.M., Manchaiah, V. and Andersson, G. (2018). Audiologist guided Internet-based cognitive behaviour therapy for adults with tinnitus in the United Kingdom: a randomised controlled trial. Ear and Hearing 39: 423-433. doi: 10.1097/AUD.000000000000505

Beukes, E.W., Manchaiah, V. Valien, T.E., Baguley, D.M., Allen, P.M. and Andersson, G. (2017). Positive experiences related to living with tinnitus: A cross‐sectional survey. Clinical Otolaryngology 2017;00:1–7. https://doi.org/10.1111/coa.13002

Mann, D.L., Loffing, F., Allen, P.M. (2017). The success of sinister righter handers in baseball. New England Journal of Medicine, 377, 1688-1690 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc1711659

Beukes, E.W., Manchaiah, V., Baguley, D.M., Allen, P.M. and Andersson, G. (2017). Process evaluation of Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy for adults with tinnitus in the context of a randomised control trial. International Journal of Audiology, 57, 98-109. DOI: 10.1080/14992027.2017.1384858.

Beukes, E.W., Manchaiah, V., Andersson, G. Valien, T.E., Allen, P.M., Terlizzi, P.M. and Baguley, D.M., (2017).  Situationally influenced tinnitus coping strategies: A mixed methods approach. Disability and Rehabilitation http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2017.1362708.

Evans, B.J.W. and Allen, P.M. (2017). Reply to Letter to the editor by Barrett et al. commenting on Evans and Allen: A systematic review of controlled trials on visual stress using Intuitive Overlays or the Intuitive Colorimeter. Journal of Optometry http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.optom.2017.05.001

Beukes, E.W., Baguley, D.M., Allen, P.M., Manchaiah, V. and Andersson, G. (2017) Guided internet-based versus face-to-face care in the management of tinnitus: protocol for a multi-centre randomised controlled trial. Trials 18:186. DOI: 10.1186/s13063-017-1931-6.

Beukes, E.W., Allen, P.M., Manchaiah, V., Baguley, D.M. and Andersson, G. (2017) Internet-based intervention for tinnitus: Outcome of a single-group open trial. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology 28 (4), 340-351. DOI: 10.3766/jaaa.16055.

Evans, B.J.W., Allen, P.M. and Wilkins, A.J. (2017) A Delphi study to develop practical diagnostic guidelines for visual stress (pattern-related visual stress). Journal of Optometry, 10, 161-168.

Allen, P.M., Latham K., Mann, D.L., Ravensbergen, H.J.C., Myint, J. (2016) The level of vision necessary for optimal performance in shooting: setting the standards for Paralympic shooting with vision impairment. Frontiers in Psychology: Movement Science and Sport Psychology 7: 1731.doi: 10:3389/fpsyg.2016.01731.

Evans, B.J.W. and Allen, P.M. (2016) A systematic review of controlled trials on visual stress using Intuitive Overlays or the Intuitive Colorimeter. Journal of Optometry, 9, 205-218.

Beukes, E.W., Vlaescu, G., Manchaiah, V., Baguley, D.M., Allen, P.M. and Andersson, G. (2016) Development and efficiacy of an internet-based intervention for tinnitus in the UK. Internet Interventions, 6, 6-15. doi: 10.1016/j.invent.2016.08.002.

Engel, S., Wilkins, A.J., Mand, S., Helwig, N.E. and Allen, P.M. (2016) Habitual wearers of colored glasses adapt more rapidly to the color changes they produce. Vision Research, 125, 41-48.

Mann, D.L., Runswick. O. and Allen, P.M. (2016) Are cricket batsmen being taught to bat back-to-front? Sports Medicine, 46, 1355-1363 DOI 10.1007/s40279-016-0516-y.

Monger, L., Shah, D., Wilkins, A.J. and Allen, P.M. (2016) The effect of viewing distance on responses to the Pattern Glare Test. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 99, 47-50.

Myint, J., Latham, K., Mann, D., Gomersall, P., Wilkins, A.J. and Allen, P.M. (2016) The relationship between visual function and performance in rifle shooting for athletes with visual impairment. BMJ Open Sports & Exercise Medicine 2: e000080 doi:10.1136/bmjsem-2015-000080.

McGonicle, C., van der Linde, I., Pardhan, S., Engel, S., Mallen, E. and Allen, P.M. (2016) Myopes experience greater contrast adaptation during reading. Vision Research, 121, 1-9.

Monger, L.J., Allen, P.M., Evans, B.J.W., Wilkins, A.J. (2016). Pattern Glare. The Optician (23rd September).

Wilkins, A.J., Allen, P.M., Monger, L.J., Gilchrist, J.M. (2016). Visual stress and dyslexia for the practising optometrist. Optometry in Practice, 17, 103-112.

Publications in peer reviewed professional journals:

Webb, H., Allen, P.M. (2015). Effective practitioner-patient communication in domiciliary eye care visits. The Optician (14th October)

Burns, D.H., Evans, B.J.W. and Allen, P.M. (2014). Clinical measurement of amplitude of accommodation: a review. Optometry in Practice, 15, 75-86.

Webb, H., vom Lehn, D., Evans, B., Allen, P.M. (2014). Communication: part 1 – soliciting information from the patient Optometry Today (14th March)

Webb, H., vom Lehn, D, Allen, P.M., Evans, B. (2014) Communication: part 2 – delivering findings and advice to the patient

Allen, P.M., Evans, B.J.W and Wilkins, A.J. (2012). The uses of colour in optometric practice to ameliorate symptoms of visual stress. Optometry in Practice, 13, 1-8.

Allen, P.M. and Radhakrishnan, H. (2010). Myopia (Part 1). The Optician (22nd October)

Allen, P.M., Evans, B.J.W. and Wilkins, A.J. (2009) Vision and reading difficulties part 5: Clinical protocol and the role of the eye-care practitioner. Optometry Today (22nd May)

Wilkins, A.J., Allen, P.M. and Evans, B.J.W. (2009) Vision and reading difficulties part 4: Coloured filters: Evidence and mechanisms. Optometry Today (24th April)