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Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on Academic Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Research

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is deeply concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on academic ophthalmology, research and innovation in ophthalmology and vision sciences. Since sight impairment differentially affects the most vulnerable members of society, interruption of research in ophthalmology and vision sciences is likely to exacerbate existing health inequalities and impact patient

External agencies including funding bodies

Charities that fund eye research can be found via the Association of Medical Research Charities website. The value of the research they fund varies widely and the time to make a decision can vary considerably, possibly up to a year. There are several charities, which regularly fund eye research. The charities listed below have a

How to pursue a career as an academic ophthalmologist

Academic Ophthalmology is a challenging, but rewarding career option. To enter onto this career pathway, posts are available to trainees that allow them to integrate research into their clinical training, with the ambition of eventually becoming a clinical academic employed primarily by a University or the NHS. Not everyone gets this far, but even for

Getting started in research

Getting a research project off the ground can seem a daunting task, especially if you’ve never been involved in the process before. Here, we set out the essentials to developing your own research project. Identify your research question There are so many areas where we need to improve clinical care that identifying a worthwhile research

Why Research Matters

Research provides the evidence needed by the public, patients, clinicians and policy makers for innovation, decision-making and quality improvement in health care. Research in ophthalmology and visual sciences improves the health, well-being and the wealth of people and societies by providing the knowledge and understanding that is required to inform. Key research areas include: Prevention