‌‌Catriona Barrett

phone:  +353 1 402 4749
email:  catriona.barrett@dit.ie



Publications & Presentations

Current Positions

Lecturer in Optometry, TU Dublin. (September 2013-Present)

Short Biography

Since qualifying into the optometry profession in 2008, I have worked in many different optometric practice settings including:

  • High street optometry: Specsavers Opticians Grafton St. 2008-2013; Patrick Moore Opticians Crumlin, Dublin, 2013-2016
  • Hospital optometry: Mater hospital, Dublin: Glaucoma outpatient clinic optometrist under Prof. Colm O’Brien, 2011-2014
  • Private ophthalmology: Blackrock Clinic, Dublin: Anterior segment pre- and post-operative assessment under Prof. William Power, January – July 2016

I currently maintain my clinical practice by supervising undergraduate optometry clinics in the National Optometry Centre at TU Dublin. I joined the lecturing team in TU Dublin in September 2013, taking up a part-time post, and became a full-time assistant lecturer in September 2017.

In February 2018 I was awarded a PhD for my thesis titled ‘Optometric case finding for glaucoma in Ireland: An investigation of current practice patterns’. This work, supervised by Prof. James Loughman (TU Dublin) and Prof. Colm O’ Brien (Mater hospital), examined optometrists’ current practice patterns for glaucoma detection in Ireland and piloted a new collaborative care pathway, the Dublin Glaucoma Referral Refinement and Monitoring Service (GRRMS).

I hope to further this research in my postdoctoral work by continuing to investigate the roles optometrists can play in providing safe and accessible eye care.

Modules Currently Teaching on (BSc Optometry)

Undergraduate teaching

  • Introduction to Diseases of the Eye and Pharmacology (Year 2) (Module lead)
  • Diseases of the Eye (Year 3)
  • Advanced Clinical Techniques (Year 3)
  • Primary Eye Care Clinics and Tutorials (Years 3 & 4)
  • Topics in Modern Optometry: Public Health Optometry (Year 4)
  • Contact Lens Practice Clinics (Year 4)
  • Final Year Project Supervisor (Year 4)
  • Final Year Practice Placement Supervision (Year 4)

Postgraduate teaching

Glaucoma Detection and Decision-making in Optometric Practice (Module lead)

  • This is a level 9 module targeted at postgraduate optometrists
  • The module is available as a stand-alone CPD module or as part of TU Dublin's structured PhD programme
  • Contact catriona.barrett@dit.ie for more information

Memberships and Registrations:

Fellowship of the Association of Optometrists Ireland (FAOI)

Registered Optometrist, Optical Registration Board, CORU, Ireland


BSc (Hons) Optom, DIT (2008)

Fellowship of the Association of Optometrists Ireland (2008)

Ph.D. ‘Optometric case finding for glaucoma in Ireland: An investigation of current practice patterns’ DIT (2018)


Special Areas of Interest


The optometrist’s role in public health

Collaborative eye care schemes

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