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Dr Allannah Gaffney 

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Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 74703
Location:Room 2.19

Research Overview

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the primary cause of irreversible vision loss in the UK and the developed world. In recent years, effective treatment strategies have evolved for this disease and in order to monitor the outcomes of treatment, as well as to expedite the development of new interventions, it is important to develop tools that are capable of monitoring the very earliest changes in visual function. I am particularly interested in refining functional markers that can be used to diagnose and monitor AMD in this way. In addition, I am also interested in the development and validation of high quality rehabilitation services for individuals with visual impairment.


Teaching Overview

My current teaching responsibilities include:

  • OP3104 – Abnormal Ocular Conditions, ‘Grand Rounds’: I am responsible for the Clinical Decision Making component of Grand Rounds, during which I lead small groups discussions of clinical case scenarios in order to encourage our third year students to start ‘thinking like Optometrists’
  • OP3205 – Occupational Optometry, Law and Business: I deliver a series of Occupational Optometry lecture to 3rd year students.
  • OP3101 – Clinical Studies and dispensing: I have been involved in supervision of undergraduate optometry student in a range of clinical settings during my time at Cardiff. Currently, I support third year students while they provide eye examinations to members of the public in the Primary Eye Care Clinic.