Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa

Carla Lança

Professora Adjunta

Nota Biográfica

Academic Degrees

  • 2014 - PhD in Public Health, specialization in health promotion - National School of Public Health, Lisbon NOVA University. Thesis – Visual function and reading performance in school aged children:
  • 2010 - Master Degree in Social-Organizational Intervention in Health - University of Évora/Lisbon School of Health Technology. Thesis – Relationship between competencies and professional practice in Orthoptists’ performing visual screening in children
  • 2007 - Bachelor Degree in Orthoptics - Lisbon School of Health Technology. Monograph – Determinant factors in parental compliance with occlusion in amblyopic children.

Work experience

  • Since 2008 – Full time Assistant Professor at Lisbon School of Health Technology - Teaching in the field of Orthoptics [BSc (Hons) Orthoptics]; Research in the field of Orthoptics and public health.
  • Since 2014 – Lecturer at Mindelo University (Cape Verde) - Teaching in the field of Orthoptics [BSc (Hons) Orthoptics].
  • Since 2012 – Master thesis advisor.
  • Since 2014 – Reviews manuscripts submissions for different Journals on the topics of binocular vision and strabismus.
  • Since 2015 – Member of the education committee of Orthoptistes de la Communauté Européenne (OCE).
  • Since 2007 – Orthoptic experience in paediatric patients care during guidance of students in the field of binocular vision and strabismus at Ophthalmology Clinic Prof. Doutor Reich d’Almeida. 

Áreas de Investigação

Research - ORCID:

Selected Peer-reviewed Papers

Thompson, J. D.; Lança, C.; Lança, L.; Hogg, P. (2016) A method to determine the impact of reduced visual function on nodule detection performance. Radiography.

Lança, C.; Rowe, F. (2016) Measurement of fusional vergence: protocol for a systematic review. PROSPERO 2016: CRD42016037133 Available from

Lança, C.; Rowe, F. (2016) Variability of fusion vergence measurements in heterophoria. Strabismus. Online. 1-7. DOI: 10.3109/09273972.2016.1159234

Lança, C.; Fernandes, N.; Monteiro, A.; Almeida, A. (2016). Lighting conditions and optical filters effects on visual performance of speleologists exposed to cave environments. International Journal of Speleology. 45 (1): 27-33.

Lança, C.; Thompson, J. D.; Lança, L.; Hogg, P. (2015). A method to assess visual function prior to conducting medical imaging research using perceptual methodologies. Radiologic Technology. 87 (2): 129-138.

Lança, C.; Serra, H.; Prista, J. (2015). Rendimiento escolar e tipos de errores en la lectura en los niños con alteraciones de la función visualRevista de Educación Inclusiva. 8 (2): 77-89.

Lança, C.; Serra, H.; Prista, J. (2014). Reading Performance in Children with Visual Function AnomaliesInternational Journal of Ophthalmology and Clinical Research. 1 (1): 2-5.

Lança, C.; Serra, H.; Prista, J. (2014). Strabismus, visual acuity and uncorrected refractive error in Portuguese children aged 6 to 11 years. Strabismus. 22(3): 115-119. DOI: 10.3109/09273972.2014.932395

Lança, C. (2013). Expert Opinion on Best Practice Guidelines and Competency Framework for Visual Screening in Children. Strabismus, 21(3):169-174.

Lança, C., Reis, C., Lança, L. (2012). Perceção visual na avaliação diagnóstica em mamografia: uma revisão sistemática. Saúde & Tecnologia, Edição on-line sobre o cancro da mama: 31-40.

Lança, C., Carolino, E., Nunes, C. (2011). Visual Screening Competences Questionnaire (VSCQ) and Orthoptic Practice. Australian Orthoptic Journal, 43(2): 11-15.

Lança, C., Carolino, E. (2011). Diagnostic Performance of Visual Screening Tests in the Elderly. AIP Conf. Proc., Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics ICNAAM 2011. American Institute of Physics, 1389, 1553-1556.

Lança, C.; Veiga, A.; Carapinha, M.; Nunes, C. (2011). A Saúde da Visão no idoso institucionalizado: Identificação de Necessidades em Saúde Pública. Atas da Conferência Estatística e Qualidade na Saúde. 42-52.

Lança, C., Carolino, E. (2010). Parental Predictors of Poor Visual Outcome with Occlusion Treatment for Unilateral Amblyopia. Australian Orthoptic Journal, 42(2): 4-8.

 Selected Conferences

Lança, C. Type of strabismus and changes to fusion measures. In: 37th Meeting of the European Strabismological Association at the ESA Orthoptic Session, Type of strabismus and contributing factors, Venice, 4th October 2015.

Lança, C.; Thompson, J. D.; Lança, L.; Hogg, P. Visual functional analysis in medical imaging. In: School of Health Sciences Research Seminar Series - Visual Display, Dose and Image Quality in Medical Imaging. University of Salford, Manchester, UK, 2nd February 2015.

Lança, C. Heterophoria, fusional amplitudes and stereoacuity in school aged children. In: 12th Meeting of the International Strabismological Association, Kyoto, Japan, 2nd December 2014.

Lança, C.; Fernandes, N.; Monteiro, A. Lighting conditions and optical filters effects on visual performance in speleologists in the cave environment. In: 3rd International Congress on Environmental Health (ICEH 2014), Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde do Porto, Porto, 25 September 2014.

Reis, C.; Lança, C. Visual Function, Visual Perception and Image Evaluation. In: Erasmus Intensive Programme – Optimisation of image quality and x-radiation dose in medical imaging – OPTIMAX 2014. Lisbon, Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde, 6th August 2014.

Lança, C., Carolino, E. Diagnostic Performance of Visual Screening Tests in the Elderly Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics. In: ICNAAM, Greece, 19 to 25 September 2011.  

Lança, C., Veiga, A., Carapinha, M., Nunes, C. A saúde da visão no idoso institucionalizado: identificação de necessidades em saúde pública. In: VII Conferência Estatística e Qualidade na Saúde, 19 May 2011.

Lança, C. Competências dos Ortoptistas no Rastreio Visual Infantil. In: Congresso Internacional das Ciências e Tecnologias da Saúde: Cooperação e Desenvolvimento da Macaronésia, Universidade dos Açores/Escola Superior de Tecnologias da Saúde de Lisboa, Azores, 30 April 2010.

Lança, C., Carolino, E. Risk factors for non compliance using occlusive therapy: a case study. In: World Congress of Paedriatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Barcelona, 13 September 2009. 

Selected Posters

Fernandes, N.; Lança, C. Assessment of visual function in children with multiple disabilities: 2 case studies of children with cerebral palsy. In: 3rd World Congress of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Barcelona, 4-6th September 2015.

Lança, C.; Serra, H.; Prista, J. – Binocular vision and reading ability in a Portuguese population of school age children. An Intercontinental Perspective of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus AAPOS & SNEC 2013, Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) and AAPOS Joint Meeting, 14 to 16 July 2013.

Lança, C. Children Visual Screening Protocol: Validation by a Focus Group Panel of experts. 2nd World Congress of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Milan, 7 to 9 September 2012.

Lança, C., Carolino, E. Factors influencing Amblyopia rehabilitation in occlusive therapy. Fourth Workshop on Statistics, Mathematics and Computation. Lisbon, 9 November  2009.