Professor James Wolffsohn completed a first-class degree in Optometry at the University of Manchester, UK, a pre-registration year at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, a PhD at Cardiff University, Wales and a clinical/research fellowship at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He joined Aston University, UK in 2000 and was appointed as the Head of Optometry 2004–9 and Deputy Executive Dean for Life and Health Sciences 2009–16, being awarded a personal Chair in 2007. He is now Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor.
Professor Wolffsohn has published over 220 peer-reviewed academic papers and given numerous international presentations. His main research areas are the development and evaluation of ophthalmic instrumentation, contact lenses, intraocular lenses and the tear film. He is the academic Chair of the British Contact Lens Association, having been a past president, was a harmoniser and sub-committee chair for TFOS DEWS II and Chair of the International Myopia Institute reports.
"Even in the 21st century, not everyone has access to high quality eye care. Sight is an essential component of healthy living and reaching one’s true potential. Without it, livelihoods and mobility can be lost. The XOVA grants aim to reduce these inequalities and hence why I am happy to support the judging process."