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27 April 2009
A collection of striking new images capturing a fraction of the 8,500 plus patients who have received advice and treatment at the University’s new £21m state-of-the-art optometry clinic has been officially unveiled.
The exhibition of images is designed to be a lasting tribute to the variety of patients, both young and old, who have received optometric treatment at the new multi-purpose site, officially opened in 2007.
Dr Margaret Woodhouse, Senior Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, who organised the exhibition and event said: "The photography exhibition helps celebrate two years since the official opening of the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences’ new state-of-the-art purpose built building.
"During this short period of time the clinic has already provided sight tests and other services for over 8,500 people. Our patients range from the very young to the very old, and continue to come to us for standard eye tests, contact lenses, low vision devices, eyewear for sports, as well as advice and care for the health of their eyes.
"More importantly, it provides a state-of-the art facility for our students to learn and for the School to carry on its long tradition of cutting edge research."
The new permanent exhibition of pictures is also designed to complement existing images at the site. The ‘Shifting Perspectives Photographic Exhibition' organised by the Downs Syndrome Association already forms a prominent feature of the building.
Some of the images included in the new exhibition further underline the close work between organisations like The Down’s Syndrome Association and the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences.
Dr Woodhouse added: "A great deal of my research at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences is focused on children with special needs.
"Visual defects are much more common amongst children and adults with disabilities than amongst the general population. The School has been active in developing tests that have enabled us to assess vision in people unable to read letter charts or to communicate readily."
All the images in the exhibition were taken by professional photographer, Mike O'Carroll. Mike is a regular visitor and supporter of the work of the School and is widely recognised for his photographic work with children with Down's syndrome and other disabilities.
The official photography exhibition launch took place on Sunday 26th April at the School of Optometry’s Maindy Road site. Further information on the exhibition is available by contacting Dr Margaret Woodhouse on 029 2087 6522 or e-mail: Woodhouse@cardiff.ac.uk
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