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  1. Centre for Applied Vision Research
    1. Visual Neuroscience and Psychophysics
    2. Ocular Optics and Instrumentation
    3. Ophthalmic Assessments and Patient Outcomes following Ophthalmic Interventions
    4. Visual Development and Plasticity
    5. Ophthalmic Public Health
    6. Measurement Techniques in Vision

Centre for Applied Vision Research

The Applied Vision Research Centre aims to develop, promote and carry out research that spans laboratory-based fundamental studies in vision to translational applied vision research. The Centre continues to bring together a multidisciplinary scientific and clinical team with expertise in the field of vision and eye care. It currently comprises 31 academic staff and 22 PhD students organised into five research groups with the Ophthalmic Public Health group as an affiliated member. Since 2008, the Centre has been engaged in current and recent projects to the value of over £10 million from a variety of sources including research councils, charities, government and industry. Outputs from the past five years include 240 peer reviewed publications, several patents and influential reviews and reports with impact on clinical practice, healthcare and occupational vision standards.

Ongoing collaborative projects exploit existing skills and expertise within the Centre and several fundamental findings in optics and visual psychophysics have now found practical applications. Notable are the impacts achieved in glaucoma service delivery, establishment of vision standards within occupational environments and advanced vision tests for healthcare. Research interests and ongoing projects remain diverse and there is considerable integration and collaboration within the School of Health Sciences, the University and externally both with industry and other universities in the United Kingdom (UK) and abroad.

Try the web-based colour vision test, as produced with support from the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

The Centre comprises six research groups:

  1. Visual Neuroscience and Psychophysics
  2. Ocular Optics and Instrumentation
  3. Measurement Techniques in Vision
  4. Visual Development and Plasticity
  5. Ophthalmic Assessments and Patient Outcomes following Ophthalmic Interventions
  6. Opthalmic Public Health.