Moorfields optometrist wins national research award

An optometrist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, Dr Laura Edwards, was awarded the George Giles postgraduate research prize by the College of Optometrists at its annual diploma ceremony.

This prize is one of four research excellence awards given by the College of Optometrists, designed to recognise achievement and celebrate outstanding contributions to research in the fields of optometry, optics and vision science.

Laura’s PhD work focussed on methods to improve the uptake of eye health screening tests in the general population. This involved the setup of novel ‘Pop-Ups’ around the UK which combined a more familiar general health check (such as blood pressure) and an eye-health assessment (such as intraocular pressure). This combination of health assessments was found to improve the uptake of eye-care appointments.

Dr Edwards’ work has also been recognised with the City University School of Health Sciences as the project of the year for 2019.

Laura commented: “I am delighted that my research has been recognised as contributing to the field of optometry and that it has highlighted the potential wider role that optometry could play in public health.”

Read Laura’s papers in BMJ Open and BMC Public Health.

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