The Ophthalmology Specialty is one of 30 specialties which bring together communities of clinical practice to provide national networks of research expertise. It is made up of research-interested clinicians and practitioners at both national and local levels. Our job is to ensure that the ophthalmology studies that are included in our national portfolio of clinical research receive the right support to ensure they are delivered successfully in the NHS.
We oversee research that deals with both the medical and the surgical treatment of eye diseases, as well as optometry and visual rehabilitation and other key areas within the broader discipline of vision sciences. This means that we support a wide range of research studies such as those involving medicines and devices for diseases of the eye, those investigating childhood and inherited visual disorders, and studies of aids to help people with visual impairment.
The Clinical Research Network is made up of 15 localities. Each one has at least one nominated local lead for ophthalmology research. These clinicians lead research groups to promote and support ophthalmology research within the NHS trusts in their area.
At a national level the local leads come together to manage the national ophthalmology clinical research portfolio. This involves regularly reviewing the progress of studies, identifying barriers to recruitment, and coming up with solutions and strategies to help overcome those barriers.
The Ophthalmology Specialty Leaflet gives an overview of the services we offer.
Read our Ophthalmology Specialty Profile to find out how we can support your commercial study.
Find out how to apply for Clinical Research Network support and how your study can benefit from our Study Support Service.
National Ophthalmology Specialty Leads