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Human Vision & Clinical Translation

Visual Rehabilitation

We engage in multidisciplinary investigations of the effects of ocular and visual defects, and the management and amelioration of sight loss, all with a patient-centred approach.

Our studies range from investigations of visual development and visual problems in children with special needs to clinical trials evaluating psychological interventions in depressed adults with a visual impairment.

Current research

Current research areas include:

  • development of novel techniques and new instruments for measuring visual function in children and adults with, and without, special needs
  • detection of ocular defects
  • ways to promote psychological well-being in people with low vision
  • evaluation of interventions and service delivery, particularly focussing on development of patient-reported outcome measures eg assessment of self-reported visual function, quality of life and well-being
  • investigation of how vision is lost in the early stages of conditions such as glaucoma, diabetes and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and how such changes progress over time. This knowledge is essential for the development of effective diagnostic tests and evaluation of the efficacy of novel therapies in individuals with eye disease.

We collaborate closely with clinicians, statisticians, rehabilitation officers, health economists, psychologists and patient groups.

Theme Lead

Professor Rachel North

Professor Rachel North

Professor of Optometry

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