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Norman Button is Professor of Clinical Optometry and Director of Clinical Studies in the Division of Vision Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University. He completed his first degree in Ophthalmic Optics (First Class Hons) in 1975 at Glasgow College of Technology, which later became Glasgow Caledonian University. His PhD was awarded in 1986 in the field of corneal metabolic changes during contact lens wear.
Norman’s clinical experience is mainly in the fields of contact lenses and in advanced diagnostic procedures for eye diseases. The former area of interest has lead to a number of research papers on anterior eye problems and on the methods of quantification of microbiological colonisation of contact lens surfaces and the subsequent efficacy of disinfection procedures. The latter area of interest centres mainly on visual field diagnostics in cases of neurologic visual pathway pathology. Throughout his academic career Norman has maintained a strong link with the clinical aspects of the Optometry profession by working in an independent commercial practice at weekends. This enables him to bring a current clinical perspective to all aspects of his teaching both didactic and practical.
He is involved in many aspects of clinical teaching, both tutorial and practical training, throughout all years of the Optometry, Dispensing and Orthoptics programmes. Norman is module leader for Advanced Diagnostic Techniques, Contact Lens Studies, Clinical Studies and General Optometric Practice at undergraduate level. He also provides postgraduate training on the MSc COVR and Ocular Therapeutics Programme. Norman is an invited Senior Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Society of Biologists and a Foundation Fellow of the College of Optometrists and holds the Diploma in Contact Lens Practice. He has been involved in the political side of the Optometry profession through membership of Local Optical Committees and Optometry Scotland and Acuity Scotland and is currently a senior examiner for the College of Optometrists.
Norman has been involved in a number of clinical charity initiatives including the screening and dispensing for Paralympic games in Glasgow in 2005 and in an outreach clinic for homeless and asylum seekers in the Sighthill area of Glasgow in 2011. Last year he was involved with a Scottish company Optos in developing a book of screening tests for children’s vision a part of a charity project within the company. Currently he is involved in the establishment of an outreach clinic for homeless people in Glasgow.
Zaman M., Doughty M.J., Button N.F. (1999) The exposed ocular surface and its relationship to spontaneous eyeblink rate in elderly Caucasians. Exp. Eye Res. 1999. 68: 681-686.
Price E.L., Gray L.S., Button N.F., (1999) Sources of variation in the measurement of pulsatile ocular blood flow in normal subjects. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 1999. 40(4): 2678.
Gavin J., Button N.F., Watson-Craik I., Logan N. (2000) Observation of soft contact lens disinfection with fluorescent metabolic stains. Applied & Environmental. Microbiology 2000 p 875-876.
Doughty M.J., Blades K., Button N.F., Wilson G. Further analysis of the size and shape of cells obtained by impression cytology from the exposed portion of the human bulbar conjunctiva. Ophthal.Physiol Opt. 2000 20(5) 391-400.
Doughty M.J., Zaman M., Button N.F., (2001) Video-assessment of tear meniscus height in elderly Caucasian and its relationship to the exposed ocular surface. Current Eye Res. 2001. 22(6) 420-426.
Oblak E., Doughty M.J., Button N.F. (2001) Corneal endothelium following exposure to ultraviolet radiation in welders. 2001 Optom Vis Sci. 80: 269 – 274.
Doughty M.J., Laiquzzaman M., Muller A., Oblak E., Button N.F. (2002) Central corneal thickness in European individuals, especially children and the elderly, and assessment of its possible importance in clinical measures of intraocular pressure. Ophthalmic. Physiol. Optics. 22, p 491-504.
Doughty M.J., Laiquzzaman M., Oblak E., Button N.F. (2002) The tear (lacrimal) meniscus height in human eyes: a useful clinical measure or an unusable variable sign? Contact lens Anterior Eye. 25, p 57-65.
Doughty M.J., Nasse T., Donald C., Hamilton L., Button N.F., (2003) Visualisation of Marx’s Line along the marginal eyelid conjunctiva of human subjects with lissamine green dye. Ophthalmic & Physiol. Optics 2003 10; 293-246
Price E.L. Gray L.S., Button N.F., Humphries L., Zweig C. (2003) Effect of exercise on intraocular pressure and pulsatile ocular blood flow in a young normal population. Optom. Vis . Sci 2003 p 460-466.
Nasse T., Doughty M.J., Button N.F., (2005) An assessment of the pattern of spontaneous eyeblink activity under the influence of topical ocular anaesthesia. Von Graefe’s Archive of Clinical Ophthalmol. 2005 243(4) 306-312.
Doughty M.J. McIntosh M., McFadden S., Button N.F. (2007) Imprerssion cytology of a case of conjunctival metaplasia associated with carbamazepine use. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, 30 (4), p.254-257, Sep 2007
Connolly M., Cantwell R., Kelly C., Smith M., Button N.F. et al. (2009) Ocular abnormalities in people with schizophrenia living in the community. 2009 Br. J. Psych. (in press)
Doughty MJ, Naase T, Button NF.(2009) Frequent spontaneous eyeblink activity associated with reduced conjunctival surface (trigeminal nerve) tactile sensitivity. Von Graefes Archives Clinical Experimental Ophthalmology – in press (1/2009)
Doughty MJ, Jonuscheit S, Button NF. Central corneal thickness (CCT) and IOP measures in human corneas with endothelial guttata: an observational quality control study. Clinical Experimental Optometry – in press (1/2011)