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Optometrist wins at Asian Women of Achievement.

OPTOMETRIST Dr Zahra Jessa has been named as 'Professional of the Year' at the Asian Women of Achievement 2010 awards.

Dr Jessa, who works at the Department of Vision and Eye Research Unit at Anglia Ruskin University as a post-doctorate research fellow, told OT she was delighted at receiving the honour.

The award recognises professionals who have become leading practitioners in their chosen field, setting an example to other women and having their contribution recognised by their peers.

Dr Jessa completed her optometry degree in 2003 at Aston University and completed her professional examinations with the College of Optometrists in London a year later.

Last year she finished her PhD at City University, and was based at the Institute of Optometry her research was in collaboration with Professor Bruce Evans and Professor David Thomson and focused on improving the detection of correctable visual loss in older people. This has involved the development of vision screening tools that can be used to aid detection of visual problems.

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Now Dr Zahra is working with Professor Rupert Brooke in a funded project at Hinchingbrooke & Papworth hospitals to investigate how pressure in the eye varies in a 24-hour period in order to try to identify vulnerable adults who may develop primary open angle glaucoma. In addition, she is practising at Moorflelds Eye Hospital and a number of community practices.

She received the 'Professional of the Year' at a ceremony in London's Park Lane last month. In winning the award she follows in the footsteps of colleague and current director of the university's Vision and Eye Research Unit, Professor Shahina Pardhan, who received the award in 2001.

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Date:Jun 4, 2010
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