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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

15 Jun 2019 by Dr Ian Beasley BSc (Hons), DOptom, MCOptom

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.

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