New vision testing and assessment centre will help to see through eye problems

Published: 2 December 2010 at 15:35

New facility will provide specialist teaching and research facilities and additional ophthalmic services for people of Cambridgeshire.

Anglia Ruskin University’s Department of Vision & Hearing Sciences – a part of the internationally-acclaimed Faculty of Science & Technology - is opening a new vision testing and assessment facility that will support teaching and research in optometry and the vision sciences and has the potential to provide specialist vision testing services to people from Cambridgeshire.

The new Evelyn Trust Anglia Vision Suite in Cambridge is funded by a generous grant from the Evelyn Trust which supports medical research and healthcare in Cambridge, and the surrounding area.

The new facility, which attracted over £78,000 worth of funding through a Departmental research group, Anglia Vision Research, provides the software and instrumentation that will allow vision assessment of a specialised nature that is not normally found in routine optometric examinations.  It will provide for further clinical assessment on patients, enhanced teaching and research possibilities for undergraduate optometry students and postgraduate vision science research students, as well as seeding for new research projects by vision scientists.

Electrophysiological equipment allows for non-invasive, objective assessment of normal and diseased retinas and the optic nerve pathway to visual cortex, in children and adults. 

Psychophysical testing will allow for further specialised visual assessment as well as a complete colour vision assessment in children and adults, a unique facility in the Cambridgeshire region.

Excited by the prospect of the new suite, Dr John Siderov from Anglia Ruskin, said:

"We were extremely pleased and grateful to be awarded the grant from the Evelyn Trust and are delighted to have got to the point where the Evelyn Trust Anglia Vision Suite in Cambridge is now open."

Anglia Ruskin is one of the largest universities in the East of England with a student population of 30 000.  The Department of Vision and Hearing Sciences offers a variety of courses in Optometry and Ophthalmic Dispensing and has recently introduced courses in Hearing Aid Audiology.  The department is a Founder Member of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics and has full accreditation for its courses by the General Optical Council (UK), the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) and the Health Professions Council.

Anglia Ruskin University also hosts the University Eye Clinic, which is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the region offering 16 fully equipped consulting rooms for primary eye care examinations.  The clinic is open to the public for eye examinations, contact lens assessments and other specialised services including a low vision clinic and visual stress clinic.