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Research

The following pieces of eye health research are being carried out which LOCs and their members might be interested in participating.

Please note that we do not endorse any of the research included on this page.

Calling for Optometrists To Participate in a Survey Regarding Optometrists’ Attitudes Towards Myopia Control

Researchers at The University of Manchester are inviting practicing optometrists to participate in an online survey exploring the optometrists’ perceptions, including their knowledge, attitudes, readiness, and identifying their training needs towards engaging with myopia control.

Participation in this study will involve answering an online survey, and it will take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

Your valuable input in answering the survey is very much appreciated. All responses will be reported anonymously.

Survey link: https://www.qualtrics.manchester.ac.uk/jfe/form/SV_0oLJ98JBx72WCGy

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the research team:

Wan Elhami Wan Omar: wanelhami.wanomar@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk
Dr Fiona Cruickshank: fiona.cruickshank@manchester.ac.uk
Dr Hema Radhakrishnan: hema.radhakrishnan@manchester.ac.uk

This project has been reviewed and approved by the University of Manchester Research Ethics Committee, Ref: 2022-13187-22281

Deadline for survey: July 2022

Prophylactic Orthokeratology for Myopia Prevention Trial (PROMPT) UK

Researchers at the University of Bradford are currently recruiting for a study to investigate whether orthokeratology lenses can be used for pre-myopic ‘at risk’ children as a preventative measure against myopia development. A pre-myopic child is less hyperopic than expected for their age (age 7-12 with +0.75D refraction), and the risk increases depending on ethnicity, parental myopia and levels of close work. Researchers are looking for children between the ages of 7-12 years that fulfil this pre-myopic criteria to enrol into a study lasting 1.5 years with several scheduled appointments for data collection, notably axial length change. Participation in this study is not paid, but all cost of appointments, lenses, solutions, and other resources are free.

For more information click here. Please feel free to contact Sophie Coverdale (BSc Optometrist and PhD Researcher) at s.l.coverdale@bradford.ac.uk if you would like any more information or if you have any interested eligible participants. Deadline: 31 December 2022.

Patient-Practitioner Communication in AMD

A team at City, University of London are carrying out a study titled ‘Patient-practitioner communication in AMD’. The study is looking at the lifestyle advice given to patients with Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD). We are looking for optometrists who would be willing to help distribute surveys to potentially eligible patients. We are looking for patients over the age of 40 with a diagnosis of AMD in at least one eye and no other retinal conditions.

For more information click here or contact Sonali Dave by email on sonali.dave@city.ac.uk

Attitudes Towards Engaging with Myopia Control 

Researchers at The University of Manchester are inviting the UK practicing optometrists to participate in a focus group discussion exploring optometrists’ perspectives, including their attitudes, readiness, and training needs to engage with myopia control. This research is being conducted as part of a PhD degree project. 

Participation in this study will involve attending a focus group discussion on Zoom. The session will take around one hour and a half. 

The researcher will also ask you to complete a number of questions regarding your patient demographics and clinical practice. 

You will be reimbursed for your time participating in this study. 

If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information regarding this study, please do not hesitate to contact the research team using the details below. We will provide you with further information regarding the study. 

The closing date for the focus group discussion (FGD) recruitment is by July 2022.

Wan Elhami: wanelhami.wanomar@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

Dry Eye in Clinical Practice Survey

A research survey is being undertaken which forms part of PhD research, aimed to optimise the management of Dry Eye Disease. The survey is for optometrists working at all levels within the primary care sector and aims to gain an insight into perceptions of dry eye as a disease, knowledge and confidence in diagnosis and management, and satisfaction with currently available first-line treatment options.

Survey closes: 7 June 2022

For more details click here.

Visual Stress

Ed Adkins (Secretary – Norfolk LOC) is currently undertaking research into visual stress, it’s detection and management as part of a Doctorate at Aston.

As part of this, he has produced a survey to gauge attitudes towards visual stress and colorimetry within the profession. Please click here to take the survey.

Survey closes: 31 October 2022