Paul MurphyBSc (Cardiff), MBA (South Wales), PhD (Glasgow Caledonian), PGCE (TLTM) Glasgow Caledonian), FCOptom, FAAO, FEAOO, FBCLA

Telephone: (519) 888-4884 or ext. 32020
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Paul J Murphy graduated from Cardiff University in 1988 with a BSc in Ophthalmic Optics, and completed his training at the Newcastle General Hospital, Department of Ophthalmology, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  He obtained his optometric licence in 1990 from the General Optical Council (UK), and entered practice at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Contact Lens and Low Vision Unit, Belfast.

In 1993 he enrolled as a graduate student under the supervision of Professor Sudi Patel and Professor John Marshall, and he was awarded his PhD from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1996 with a thesis entitled: “An examination of human corneal sensitivity by non-invasive methods”.  Subsequently, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship and was appointed a Lecturer in the Department of Vision Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University in 1997.  In 2001, he was appointed Director of Teaching and Senior Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences at Cardiff University, and was promoted to Reader in 2007.  While at Cardiff, he established the Contact Lens and Anterior Eye Research Unit (CLAER).

In 2013, he was appointed Director of the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo, and in the same year he also completed his MBA at the University of South Wales in Wales.  In 2015, he was appointed an Honorary Professor at Cardiff University.  In 2016 he stepped down from the position of Director, and assumed a professor position within the Waterloo School, where he has established the Murphy Laboratory of Experimental Optometry.  His research interests are concentrated on the anterior ocular surface, and include contact lens wear, tear film physiology, ocular anatomy and corneal sensation.  He has published in these areas, and in topics as varied as visual impairment, eye movement and optometric practice.

Areas of Expertise/Research Interests

  • Ocular surface sensation
  • Tear film dynamics and dry eye
  • Ocular surface shape
  • Contact lens wear complications
  • Optometric instrumentation

Select Publications

  • Bandlitz S, Purslow C, Murphy PJ and Pult H (2016). Influence of conjunctival folds on calculated tear meniscus volume along the lower eyelid, Ocular Surface 14: 377-384.
  • Nosch DS, Pult H, Purslow C, Albon J and Murphy PJ (2016). Relationship between corneal sensation, blinking and tear film quality. Optom Vis Sci 93: 471-481.
  • van Tilborg MMA, Murphy PJ and Evans KS (2015). Agreement in dry eye management between optometrists and general practitioners in primary health care in the Netherlands, Contact Lens Anterio 38: 283-293
  • Pult H, Tosatti SGP, Spencer ND, Asfour JM, Ebenhoch M and Murphy PJ (2015). Spontaneous blinking from a tribological viewpoint, Ocular Surface 13: 236-249
  • Masmali A, Al-Bahlal JM, El-Hiti GA, Akhtar S, Purslow C, Murphy PJ and Almubrad T (2015). Repeatability and diurnal variation of tear ferning test, Eye Contact Lens 41: 262-267

Awards and honours

  • Fellow, College of Optometrists, UK
  • Fellow, American Academy of Optometry
  • Fellow, British Contact Lens Association
  • Fellow, European Academy of Optometry and Optics

Professional Associations

  • General Optical Council, UK
  • College of Optometrists, UK
  • Association of Optometrists, UK
  • American Academy of Optometry, USA
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, USA
  • European Academy of Optometry and Optics, UK
  • International Society for Contact Lens Research, USA
  • British Contact Lens Association, UK
  • Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society, USA
  • Vision Aid Overseas, UK


  • Professor, University of Waterloo
  • Honorary Professor, Cardiff University


  • Cardiff University: BSc in Ophthalmic Optics, June 1988
  • Glasgow Caledonian University: PhD in Optometry, December 1996
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Tertiary Level Teaching Methods, June 2000
  • University of South Wales: Masters in Business Administration, June 2013

Contact info

Office: OPT254
Phone: 519-888-4567 Ext. 32020
Lab: OPT381


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