Why is research important?

19 August 2022
Summer 2022

The College has invested over £5m over the last 40 years on optometry and vision science studies. Sophie Goodchild explores how valued research is, how it’s been incorporated into evidence based practice, as well as the accompanying challenges and opportunities.

Whether randomised controlled trials (RCTs), cohort studies or meta-analyses, the methodology and design involved in healthcare research techniques may differ, but the aim remains the same: to obtain high-quality clinical evidence to inform best practice.  

As the profession’s scope of practice continues to expand, this increases the need for reliable data on which optometrists can base treatment decisions, drive the development of new models for eye disease prevention, and eradicate preventable sight loss.

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Related further reading

We have partnered with the Ulster University to develop a series of learning modules to support optometrists who want to undertake research, from developing their understanding of research to acquiring the necessary skills.

The College has provided key information to help you identify cases and guidance on managing circumstances that are relevant to optometry practices.

The College’s Research Excellence Awards recognise achievements in optometric research, and the way in which they enrich the whole profession.