Sigrid Mueller-Schotte, OD, MSc (1968) started her career as German optician/optometrist and contact lens specialist in 1997. She obtained her Doctor of Optometry degree at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now Salus University), Philadelphia, USA in 2000 and followed a Residency training at The Eye Institute, Philadelphia, USA, specializing in Primary Care Optometry. In 2010, she received a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. She investigated the risk of cataract and glaucoma in patients with multiple sclerosis during her Master’s education.
In 1995, she won the Peter-Abel award for excellence in contact lens research and in 2010, she won the student award for second best abstract at the International Conference of Pharmacoepidemiology (ICPE) awarded by the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology.
After working in multiple academic, clinical, and commercial settings in Germany, the United States, and the Netherlands, Sigrid joined the optometry department of the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht in 2003. Since then, she has been providing lectures, workshops, and clinical training to first, second, and third year optometry students. In addition, she is providing patient care at the university’s outpatient eye care clinic.
Sigrid Mueller-Schotte has been engaged with international optometry for many years. She is providing continuing education to fellow optometrists in several countries and lectures at international conferences. Since 2009, Sigrid is member of the Board of Examiners and Board of Management of the European Diploma in Optometry and as convener responsible for the ocular health related part of the diploma.
Sigrid is member of the research group at the Department of the Chronically Ill. Her research focuses on the prevention of functional decline in the elderly with special attention to the impact of the visual aspect on functional decline in independently living older adults.