School of Health and Life Sciences  

Professor Norman Button

Eye Clinic Director and Senior Lecturer
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.