PhD in Vision Sciences: Investigation of pain and discomfort associated with anti-VEGF injections

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Dyddiad cau cyflwyno cais 10 November 2017
Dyddiad dechrau 3 January 2018
Hyd 3 years
Lefel astudio Postgraduate research
Math o ddyfarniad PhD studentship
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Injection of anti-VEGF drugs for the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is today one of the most common medical interventions in secondary eye care, with repeated injections often required indefinitely. Whilst treatment is widely considered successful in preventing vision loss, many patients report experiencing pain during or following an injection. This study will investigate the nature, associations and causes of this pain, and the role this plays in progression to disability.

The student will undertake a mixed methods investigation of pain associated with individual injections. Methods will include pain questionnaires, focus groups and structured interviews combined with anterior eye optical coherence tomography (OCT) and electrodermal activity (EDA) providing objective outcome measures.

He/she will be expected to analyse and interpret data, and write up findings for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He/she will also be expected to represent the research group, Schools, and University, and present findings at national and international research conferences.

The project will involve collaboration with clinicians at the University Hospital of Wales.



Funding details

Cefnogaeth Ffioedd Dysgu Full UK/EU tuition fees
Tâl Cynhaliaeth Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum

Eligibility criteria

Preswylio Open to all UK/EU students without further restrictions
Meini prawf academaidd

Applicants with an optometry background (optometrist) are desirable, although any relevant healthcare or psychology background will be considered. Your bachelor’s degree must be a 2:1 or above. A master’s degree is required for non-Optometrist applicants.


Consideration is automatic on applying for a Doctor of Philosophy in Optometry and Vision Sciences (Research) with a start date of 1 January 2017.

Please email a CV (including the names and contact details of two referees) and covering letter outlining your interest in the project separately to Dr Ashley Wood, stating the title of the PhD studentship for which you are applying.

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Dewch i'n gweld yn ein Diwrnod Agored ar 22 Tachwedd 2017.

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