Research is an integral part of the NHS, and at Bradford we have a strong research team engaged in collaborative studies in various macula and retinal diseases, such as AMD, diabetic retinopathy, central serous retinopathy (CSR), central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO), and branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO).
Research studies help to find the best treatments for these eye conditions, saving the sight of current patients and helping future generations.
In some trials we are able to offer patients brand new treatments not currently available on the NHS. In others we are comparing current treatments to determine better ways of treating our patients.
In addition to clinical trials, we run a number of observational studies which can help define the behaviour of various eye disorders and how treatments work in routine clinical practice.
We have had excellent support from our patients who have volunteered for our research projects over the years.
You too can help us by participating in our research projects. For further information on our current projects please contact us.
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has a dedicated eye clinic liaison officer (ECLO), Iftekhar Ahmed, who can provide advice and support for anyone affected by sight loss on topics that can make life easier. They include:
- maintaining your independence
- equipment and technology that can help you do the things you need to do
- eye condition and treatment understanding
- access to education, employment, and leisure
- benefits and concessions that you may be entitled to
Iftekhar can be found in the Ophthalmology Department and can be contacted on 01274 382 045 or on email at: Iftekhar.Ahmed@rnib.org.uk
For more information on RNIB’s Sight Loss Advice Service, please visit www.rnib.org.uk/advice