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Picture of David Whitaker winning lifetime achievement award

School of Optometry welcomes back esteemed lifetime achievement winner

1 March 2024

Professor David Whitaker has been named as the winner of the prestigious Association of Optometrists Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Optometry staff and students' life changing mission in Ghana

30 November 2023

A dedicated team of optometry students embarked on a life-changing journey to Ghana, where they made a significant impact through their eye care outreach mission.

Lord Mayor of Cardiff, John Wild And Joy Myint

Cardiff Alumna, Lord Mayor of Cardiff visits the School of Optometry

7 November 2023

The Lord Mayor of Cardiff attended the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences’ student induction event to welcome new and returning students for the new academic year.

Professor Joy Myint from the school of Optometry at the Blind Games standing at a podium with a colleague

Professor's crucial classification role at the IBSA World Games

20 October 2023

Professor Joy Myint, Director of Learning at the School of Optometry was recently involved in the organisation and delivery of all the athlete classifications at the recent International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) World Games held in Birmingham.

Photos of the first Minister, head and deputy head of Optometry and PVC Biological and life sciences standing outside the optometry building in Cardiff University

School of Optometry Hosts Visit by First Minister to ‘Teach and Treat’ Eye Care Centre

2 October 2023

The School of Optometry in partnership with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (CVUHB) and the Welsh Government, recently welcomed the First Minister to The NHS Wales University Eye Care Centre (NWUECC) at Cardiff University.

Lucky Chukwudi Aziken

Optometry Alumnus recognised for eyecare mission work across the globe

15 September 2023

School of Optometry and Vision Sciences' student Lucky Chukwudi Aziken (MSc 2023) was one alumnus to win special recognition at Cardiff University’s 30(ish) Awards.

The NHS Wales University Eye Care Centre team.

Eye Care Centre picks up a Health Service Journal award

30 June 2023

The collaboration between Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and Cardiff University: The NHS Wales University Eye Care Centre picks up a Health Service Journal award for its ground-breaking work.

Enhanced Optical Service Award

Triple Award for School Eye Care Centre

19 December 2022

The NHS Wales University Eye Care Centre (NWUECC) based at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences has won two national awards.


Cardiff University researchers drive forward NHS availability of sight saving corneal therapy in Wales

13 June 2022

Sight-saving therapy called corneal cross-linking has recently been approved for use by the Welsh Government for the treatment of keratoconus patients as young as 11 years old.

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Stem cell discovery provides new hope for people with dry eye disease

29 April 2022

Researchers have discovered how to generate miniature lacrimal glands from human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to combat the effects of dry eye disease.

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New NHS eye care centre opens at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences

21 March 2022

A new NHS Wales University Eye Care Centre has opened at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences with the aim of reducing hospital waiting times for patients requiring eye care.

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Optometry pathway launched providing alternative route to degree

23 September 2021

Optometry has been added to the growing portfolio of degree pathways available at Cardiff University.

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Synthetic corneal implants developed to alleviate transplant donor shortage

27 July 2021

Researchers have developed fully synthetic corneal implants that will resolve the corneal tissue shortage faced by traditional corneal transplants.

‘My dream is that no-one with Down’s syndrome should have to travel to find specialist eye care’

22 June 2021

Cardiff University’s pioneering service inspires launch of first eye clinic for people with Down’s syndrome in England

Working inside Diamond Light Source at night time - a career in science isn't always a 9-5 job!

Women in STEM: Dr Sally Hayes

11 February 2021

To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we wanted to provide an insight into life as a woman working in vision sciences research.

A postgraduate student with a patient

Major funding secured to assess the role of community optometry in monitoring eye disease

4 February 2021

A study to investigate the value of monitoring people with long standing eye conditions in the community, rather than in hospitals, has secured a significant research grant.

ehh innovator

‘Eye Health Hero’ award for PhD student

26 October 2020

PhD student, Nikita Thomas, has been awarded an ‘Eye Health Hero’ Award for her outstanding work in developing a visual field-testing device.


Commonwealth scholarship opportunity announced for 2020

31 March 2020

We are delighted to launch the 2020 Commonwealth Scholarship programme for applicants from existing Commonwealth countries.

Small boy having eye test

Researchers take first step towards genetic test for childhood short-sightedness

15 November 2019

Global prevalence of myopia is rising rapidly, affecting one in three people in the UK

Minister Visit

Health Minister opens Glaucoma Centre

27 September 2019

Vaughan Gethin AM has officially opened the ODTTC Glaucoma Centre at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences.