Professor; Graduate Officer, Optometry & Vision Science

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

Telephone: (519) 888-4884 or ext. 32020
Fax: (519) 725-0784
Office: OPT 254


Dr. 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 Prof Sudi Patel and Prof 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 (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Vision Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University in 1997. In 2001, he was appointed Director of Teaching and Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) 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). Through this research unit, he collaborated with colleagues in the UK and Europe, and developed novel systems for imaging the ocular surface and tear film. He was appointed as the President of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics in 2013.

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 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.

Dr. Murphy is a Member of the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB), and a collaborator with the Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE) at the University of Waterloo.  He is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists (UK), the American Academy of Optometry, the European Academy of Optometry and the British Contact Lens Association.

Areas of Expertise/Research Interests

  • Ocular surface sensation
  • Tear film dynamics and dry eye
  • Ocular surface shape
  • Contact lens wear complications
  • Optometric instrumentation
  • Student satisfaction/expectation surveys

Select Publications

  • Gill FR, Purslow C and Murphy PJ (2019). Atomic force microscopy analysis of the effect of plasma treatment on gas permeable contact lens surface topography. Cont Lens Anterior Eye 42:265-272
  • Ntola AM, Nosch DS, Joos RE and Murphy PJ (2019). The relationship between the degree of iris pigmentation and corneal sensitivity to a cooling stimulus. Cornea 38:674-683
  • Bandlitz S, Purslow C, Murphy PJ and Pult H (2019). Lid-parallel conjunctival fold (LIPCOF) morphology imaged by optical coherence tomography and its relationship to LIPCOF grade. Cont Lens Anterior Eye 42:299-303
  • Wong S, Srinivasan S, Jones L and Murphy PJ (2019) Comparison of meibomian gland dropout using two infrared imaging devices. Cont Lens Anterior Eye 42: 311-317
  • Turner JM, Purslow C and Murphy PJ (2019). Ocular impression-taking – which material is best? Eye Contact Lens 45: 55-60
  • Lum E, Murphy PJ and Corbett MC (2018). Corneal sensitivity after ocular surgery. Eye Contact Lens 45: 226-237
  • Masmali AM, Maeni YA, El-Hiti GA, Murphy PJ and Almubrad T (2018). Investigation of ocular tear ferning in controlled and uncontrolled diabetic subjects. Eye Contact Lens 44: Suppl 2: S70-S75

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


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


  • OPT170: Public Health
  • OPT245L: Diseases of the Eye 1
  • OPT347L: Contact Lens Clinical and Mechanical Labs
  • OPT367L: Contact Lens 2

Contact info

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


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