Nicola is a senior lecturer in Optometry in the School of Life & Health Sciences at Aston University, Birmingham, UK. She qualified as an optometrist in 1993 and was awarded her PhD on aspects of ocular biometry in anisomyopia from Aston University in 1997. Nicola’s research interests are the epidemiology of refractive error, the development and aetiology of myopia and myopia control. Her current research projects span these areas of interest and include The Aston Eye study (investigating the prevalence of refractive error and its associated ocular biometry in a large multi-racial sample of school children in Birmingham, England funded by The College of Optometrists, UK), myopia control in children, and structural and functional aspects of myopia in eyes with ocular pathology. Nicola collaborates with other UK researchers working in the field of myopia as part of the Myopia Consortium UK.