A clearer vision to study eye disease

Brighouse eye specialist Matthew Cufflin has been awarded �30,000 to fund a new cutting-edge research project from the College of Optometrists
Brighouse eye specialist Matthew Cufflin has been awarded �30,000 to fund a new cutting-edge research project from the College of Optometrists

A BRIGHOUSE eye specialist has been awarded £30,000 to fund a new cutting-edge research project.

A member of the university’s Visual Optics Research Group, Matthew will develop the use of advanced retinal imaging to improve the understanding of how AMD develops.

Matthew said: “I feel honoured and pleased to be chosen as one of the recipients of the College of Optometrists 2012 Research Fellowship Awards.

“This award will help us to significantly develop retinal imaging capabilities by allowing us to capture high resolution images.

“This will help to develop new treatments for dry age-related macular degeneration and, in future studies, other retinal diseases. This study aims to learn more about the pattern of geographic atrophy progression, providing an understanding of the changes that occur throughout the condition at a time when novel treatments are being developed.”

The College of Optometrists has awarded a second Research Fellowship Award to Graeme Kennedy, a lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Mike Bowen, director of research at the college, said: “We are committed to supporting the development of optometry research.

“We were impressed by the calibre of all the applications and I’m confident the research the college is funding will not only help improve the science and evidence within optometry but also lead to improvements in treatments for patients in future.”