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Ophthalmology

Clinical research in the North east and North Cumbria is helping improve treatments and services for people with eye problems in our region

Ophthalmology is about diseases of the eye

We oversee research that deals with both the medical and the surgical treatment of eye diseases, as well as optometry and visual rehabilitation. 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.

studies involving medicines for diseases of the eye and optic nerve

studies involving devices in diseases of the eye and optic nerve

• studies of childhood and inherited visual disorders

• studies which document the natural history of eye diseases

• studies to identify the risk factors and causes of eye diseases

• studies of aids to help people with visual impairment and visual rehabilitation programmes

Active studies focus on conditions such as:

Age Related Macular Degeneration

• Diabetic Macular Oedema

• Diabetic Retinopathy

• Retinal Vein Occlusion

Vitreo-Macular Traction (VMT)

• Glaucoma

• Eye Trauma

 

The Specialty Clinical Lead for the Network is Dr Deepali Varma Consultant Ophthalmologist

 

We have nominated leads for Ophthalmology research in each of our Trusts that do Ophthalmology

• Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

• North Cumbria Hospitals NHS Trust

• City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

• County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

• South Tees NHS Foundation Trust

• Sunderland Eye Infirmary

 

If you would like to find out more about current and future Ophthalmic research please visit the UK Clinical Research Network Portfolio database at:

UK Clinical Trials Gateway

If you would like any further information about ophthalmic research in the North East and North Cumbria please contact Steve Dodds.

Steve is our nominated Lead Nurse and Patient and Public Involvement link and based at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust and would welcome you getting involved.

 

Each hospital has its own ophthalmic research team which consists of

Doctors (the study investigators) who assess your eyes and give study treatments

– Research Nurses co-ordinating study activities and to support you during the study

– Optometrists to check your vision

– Photographers to take pictures and scans of your eyes.

Taking part in one of our studies usually involves monthly visits to the hospital. At each visit, tests are performed to assess progress of your condition and to determine if further study treatment is needed.

Typical assessments include

  • Patient questionnaires to find out how your vision affects your daily life

  • Physical examination to check your blood pressure, height and weight

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  • Testing your vision

  • Fields Test to check your peripheral vision

  • Taking pictures of the back of your eyes

  • Examination of your eyes  and checking the pressure inside your eye

Meet the Team

Mrs Deepali Varma

Mrs Deepali Varma is a Consultant Ophthalmologist based at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust and is Specialty Clinical Lead for the North East and North Cumbria Clinical Research Network

Steve Dodds

Steve Dodds Is our nominated Lead Nurse and Patient and Public Involvement link he is based City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Clinical Trials in Ophthalmology

Select a trial from the list below to find out more about what it’s all about and how you can get involved in helping others.


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