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Research Units

A dynamic retinoscopy being performed on a child with Down's Syndrome.

There are four research units based at the School: the Down's Syndrome Vision Research Unit, the Contact Lens and Anterior Eye Research Unit (CLAER), Macular Research Group and Research Unit for Nystagmus (R.U.N.) . The School is also involved with Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair, (CITER).


Down’s Syndrome Vision Research Unit

Children with Down’s syndrome are much more likely than ordinary children to have eye and vision problems, and the research unit has been studying visual development in children with Down’s syndrome since 1992.


Macular Research Group

Macular disease is the leading cause of visual impairment in the developed world and currently affects about 500,000 people in the UK. The Macular Research Group evaluates new methods of detecting, monitoring and treating this condition.


Research Unit for Nystagmus (R.U.N.)

Nystagmus is a constant involuntary movement of the eyes. The fact that the eyes are constantly moving can have a deleterious effect on vision. The field of research into nystagmus...


Contact Lens and Anterior Eye Research Unit (CLAER)

The Contact Lens and Anterior Eye Research Unit (CLAER) is involved in clinically-related research in corneal function, tear-film physiology and contact lenses. A better knowledge of the interaction between the cornea and the tear-film is vital in understanding the aetiology and treatment of dry-eye, and for successful contact lens wear.

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