Alison Bruce is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) post-doctoral research fellow and leads the BiB research programme investigating children’s vision. She is Head Orthoptist for Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and has considerable experience in clinical practice. Alison has held two NIHR fellowships her doctoral fellowship was based in the School of Vision Science and Optometry, University of Bradford and her research examined the structure of the eye using Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) in children and adults with poor vision (amblyopia). Her current research programme is investigating the impact of vision on children’s early developing literacy, exploring reasons for non-adherence to treatment and developing programmes of applied health research in these areas.
Alison holds Honorary Research Fellow positions at the Dept. of Health Science, University of York and at the School of Vision Science and Optometry, University of Bradford. She was awarded the Royal Society of Medicine Squint Forum Prize in 2016 for her research.

Katy Shire, Elizabeth Andrews, Sally Barber, Alison Bruce, John Corkett, Liam J. B. Hill, Brian Kelly, Rosemary McEachan, Mark Mon-Williams, Louise Tracey, Amanda H. Waterman, John Wright, (2020). Starting School: a large-scale start of school assessment within the ‘Born in Bradford’ longitudinal cohort. Wellcome Open Research 5-47.
Alison Bruce, Neema Ghorbani, Gillian Santorelli, (2020). Association of anthropometric measures across the life-course with refractive error and ocular biometry at age 15 years. BMC Ophthalmology DOI: 10.1186/s12886-020-01480-3,
Bruce A, Kelly B, Chambers B, Barrett BT, Bloj M, Bradbury J and Sheldon T , (2018). Effect of adherence to spectacle wear on early developing literacy: A longitudinal study.. BMJ Open DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-02127,
Bruce A.; Wright J.; Chambers B.; Barrett B.T.; Bloj M.; Sheldon T., (2017). Visual acuity and early literacy at 6-7 years: A reduction in visual acuity is associated with decreased reading efficiency in school children. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 58(8),
Bruce A, Santorelli, G, (2016). Prevalence and Risk Factors of Strabismus in a UK Multi-ethnic Birth Cohort. Strabismus, 24(4), 153-160. DOI:,
Bruce A, (2016). Visual impairment and the risk of mortality: addressing complex associations. Journal of epidemiology and community health 746-747. DOI: 10.1136/jech-2016-207580,
Alison Bruce, Lesley Fairley, Bette Chambers, John Wright, Trevor A Sheldon, (2016). Impact of visual acuity on developing literacy at age 4–5 years: a cohort-nested cross-sectional study. BMJ Open, 6(2), 153-160 . DOI:,
Bruce A.; Fairley L.; Wright J.; Chambers B.; Sheldon T.A., (2016). Impact of visual acuity on developing literacy at age 4-5 years: A cohort-nested cross-sectional study. BMJ Open, 6(2), DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010434, PMID: 26883240,
Rachel F Pilling, Louise Outhwaite, Alison Bruce, (2015). Assessing visual function in children with complex disabilities: the Bradford visual function box.. Brithish journal of ophthalmology 1–4. DOI: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2015-307558 ,
Alison Bruce, Louise Outhwaite, (2013). Uptake, referral and attendance: results from an inner city school based vision screening programme. British and Irish Orthoptic Journal 42-46.
Alison Bruce, Ian E.Pacey, John A.Bradbury, Andy J.Scally, Brendan T.Barrett, (2013). Bilateral Changes in Foveal Structure in Individuals with Amblyopia. Ophthalmology, 120(2), 395-403. DOI:,
Alison Bruce, Ian E Pacey, Poonam Dharni, Andy J Scally, and Brendan T Barrett, (2009). Repeatability and Reproducibility of Macular Thickness Measurements Using Fourier Domain Optical Coherence Tomography. The Open Ophthalmology 10-14. DOI: 10.2174/1874364100903010010,