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New visions at School of Optometry

27 Mehefin 2007

The public and members of staff will have the chance to explore state-of-the-art facilities in the new Cardiff University Eye Clinic, "CU Optometrists", at a fun Open Day this weekend.

Saturday’s free event begins at 1pm with a Family Fun Day, including circus entertainers, live music, and party food. There are opportunities to meet the Clinic’s skilled optometrists, and learn about pioneering imaging technology. Also discover how we visualise the inner eye, and understand how eyesight has influenced great masters of painting like Degas and Monet. From 4pm there will be an Evening Soiree, with live jazz, colours advice from a TV make-up artist, canapés and champagne.

Thousands of people have benefited from the expertise at "CU Optometrists", part of the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences. Now the Clinic has moved to a new home in a purpose-built £21M building on Maindy Road, which it shares with the School’s top-ranked teaching and research facilities.

"CU Optometrists" offer free student clinics for the general public and University staff through the autumn and spring terms. Third year students conduct thorough eye checks under the supervision of fully qualified optometrists, which are coupled with enticing discounts on purchases made after the examination. They stock an extensive range of designer frames to suit every budget, including a sports vision range, and provides a full contact lens service.

"CU Optometrists" also offer innovative Special Assessment and Low Vision Clinics; valuable vision science resources which are internationally recognised. Dr Maggie Woodhouse runs the renowned Special Assessment Clinic, providing eye care for people who cannot communicate in the usual way. These unique clinics can achieve great results by testing in a more comforting environment, creating a positive experience for those who can find eye tests intimidating. The Low Vision Clinic caters for patients with severe sight problems, helping them make best use of their remaining vision.

Professor Tim Wess, head of the School, said: "We presently have some 7,000 patients on our books, but the new facility gives us the capacity for many more. Not only will you be examined with the most modern equipment, you will know you are helping train the next generation of professional optometrists."