Ophthalmic and vision science

Ophthalmic and vision science is the study of disorders of vision, plus diseases of the eye and the visual pathway.

Working in ophthalmic and vision science, you’ll assess the structure and function of the eye and the visual system.

Working life

You’ll see people of all ages, who will have a range of abilities and needs from poor sight through to complications of diabetes.

You’ll carry out a diverse range of tests and procedures that may include:

By assessing and monitoring these various visual functions and structural changes, you’ll provide essential diagnostic, prognostic and surveillance information to help ophthalmologists manage conditions such as:

'For me, this is the perfect mix of working with machines and people.' - Emerson Priola, ophthalmic technician

Read Emerson's story

Who will I work with?

Most healthcare scientists in this area work in an outpatient clinic alongside a wide range of other healthcare professionals, and in ophthalmic diagnostic units.

You’ll work as part of a team which might include healthcare scientists working in neurophysiology as well as specialist nurses, optometrists, ophthalmologists and orthoptists.

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