Aoife Phelan

phone: +353 1 402 4904


Current Position

Research Optometrist and Programme Coordinator – The Mozambique Eyecare Project


Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree in Optometry Dublin Institute of Technology (2003)

Membership and Registration

  • The Opticians Board, Ireland
  • Fellow of Irish Association of Optometrists (FAOI) and elected council member              
  • Student member of the American Academy of Optometry (AAOPT)
  • Post Graduate Student Member of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics

Modules Previously Co-Taught (BSc Optometry)

  • Primary Care Clinics, Year 4, 3
  • Contact lenses, Year 4,3
  • Paediatric Optometry, Year 4

Professional Experience

  • 2009   –   Present
Research Optometrist and Programme Coordinator,
Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin Street, Dublin 8
  • 2007   –   Present
Part-Time Clinic Supervisor, National Optometry Centre, DIT
  • 2003   –   2009
Private Practice Optometrist


Graduating in 2003, Aoife pursued a career as a professional optometrist for over six years. In addition, she has supervised undergraduate clinics in the National Optometry Centre, Dublin Institute of Technology since 2007.

A keen interest in education; research; development and the Vision2020 initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness, motivated her to join the DIT research and management team for the Mozambique Eyecare Project as research optometrist and project coordinator.

Her current coordination role consists of a diverse range of activities including: collaborating with various international partners, providing in-depth regular reports to funders, overseeing the public dissemination for the Mozambique Eyecare Project, providing logistical support for visiting teams to Nampula, and facilitating international researchers involved in the project. 

Aoife played a key role in the establishment of the registered Irish charity, Optometry Giving Sight. She was the inaugural Secretary, and Director of the Board.

Post Graduate Study

In June 2010, Aoife registered with DIT to conduct Post Graduate Research. Since then her research in Paediatric Eye Care in Mozambique has included three school screening pilot studies and qualitative data capturing on the ground in Nampula and Maputo, Mozambique. (Research Profile)

Aoife passed her viva in late 2015 and will receive an MPhil for her work.

 Contribution to the Following Successful Grant Applications

  • Programme of Strategic Cooperation Transition Phase “Development of Human Resources for Eye Health for Africa through Collaborative Higher Education and Research” (HRDEH)
  • Irish Aid Simon Cumbers Media Fund
  • World Council of Optometry Travel Bursary

 Continued Professional Development Presentations

  • Oral Presentation “Successes of the Mozambique Eyecare Project – An international collaboration addressing Optometric Human Resource Capacity in Mozambique” EAOO 2013
  • Oral presentation “Paediatric Screening in Mozambique”, Association of Optometrists Ireland, AGM, 2011
  • Oral Presentation “Mozambique Eyecare Project and Mozambique Eyecare Coalition, how we are addressing Child Eye Health” ORBIS Conference on Paediatric Eyecare in Sub Saharan Africa 2011
  • Oral Presentation "Mozambique Eyecare Programme: A Cross Institutional Collaboration Eliminating Uncorrected Refractive Error In Lusophone Africa". World Congress of Refractive Error 2010

 Other Work

Active member of the Mozambique Eyecare Coalition


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