Cardiff University Optometrists
The Cardiff University Optometrists provides specialist assessment, treatment and advice for members of the public.
Patients receive a professional, high quality service that benefits from state-of-the-art facilities. The clinic also enables our students to gain valuable clinical experience.
We offer a wide range of high quality optometric services to the public and staff and students at the University.
We are based at the School of Optometry, where world-leading researchers are investigating vision disorders, meaning our staff are always up-to-date with the latest discoveries and techniques.
Our researchers aim to facilitate the detection, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of vision disorders.
Our research has a real and lasting impact on the quality of life and learning opportunities for people both locally and globally. We are improving eye care and education for children with Down’s syndrome, working with leading space engineers to detect earliest stages of age-related macular degeneration, and investigating new treatment regimes for diseases such as cataracts.
Over 40% of our research outputs were rated as ‘internationally excellent’ or better in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
Our students benefit from hands on experience, involvement from our internationally renowned academic staff and our purpose built facilities.
Training the next generation of optometrists
We train our students to a high standard. 99% of our 2015 graduates were in work six months after graduating.
Our students’ pass rates for the optometric Professional Qualifying Examinations are consistently been higher than average pass rate. Passing these examinations is essential before becoming an independently practicing optometrist.
Our postgraduate research programme provides opportunities for students to gain experience working with world-renowned research leaders, their teams and their collaborators, and gain the skills necessary to pursue a successful academic career on completion.
We provide postgraduate taught courses as well as short courses through our Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre. The Centre is the first postgraduate education centre for optometry in the world. A large choice of courses are available via a combination of distance learning, e-learning and practical days.