Deborah Bott is currently a second year PhD student at City, University of London. Her PhD is funded by a College of Optometrists postgraduate scholarship. She gained her MSc from City, University of London and was awarded the Essilor Achievement Prize for highest overall marks. She is a qualified Optometrist practising in glaucoma clinics and an independent non-medical prescriber. In 2019 she gained the professional certificate qualification in Glaucoma and was awarded the Thea Pharmaceuticals Achievement Prize. She has undertaken teaching roles both at City, University of London and the University of Bradford. Deborah has had several poster presentations accepted at national conferences, co-written two articles for Optician magazine and had a research paper published on "Nutritional and smoking advice recalled by patients attending a UK age-related macular degeneration clinic".