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A passion for binocular vision

Akash Chima, senior lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and a locum optometrist working across the UK, speaks to OT  about his passion for binocular vision

Akash Chima

What is your professional passion?

Broadly, my passion is binocular vision. More specifically, I am interested in visual processing in amblyopia and how understanding it could lead to a more effective treatment. Current lines of research include visual crowding, binocular summation, binocular combination and interocular suppression. Using psychophysical methods, I am also investigating how light and dark stimuli are treated differently in normal and abnormal visual systems.

If you could switch career path, what would you choose to do?

I would be a jazz session player, but also work on my own stuff. I am most proficient playing the bass guitar, but would love to learn the trumpet as the brass section tends to catch my ear if present in a piece.

What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?

My wife and son, aside from the biological essentials.

How do you manage a work/life balance?

Currently with difficulty. The recent new addition to our family has necessitated squeezing every drop of productivity out of my work hours, so that I see as much of our son as possible.

What do you do to unwind?

I spend time with family, friends, a book and/or the occasional single malt.

You have won the OT lottery. What are the first three things you would do with the £1m jackpot?

A sizeable chunk would go to some select charities. I would pay off my mortgage (boring, I know), and convert my garage into a recording studio.

Where are you going on your next holiday?

We are off to Margate.