Why is research important?

Research informs the evidence base for all healthcare professionals. It is the key driver for developing new models for eye care, and underpins our pursuit of eradicating preventable sight loss. It forms the foundation of our clinical and professional practice as optometrists and enables us to deliver the guidance, development and training to ensure optometrists provide the best possible care to the public.

We hope you enjoy our 40 years of research report, which demonstrates that research really is at the core of the College and has been since the research department was established.

"By going back and identifying the people that the College has funded as PhD scholars, the 40 years of research report has shown how they have become the academics, teachers and leaders that have trained the generations that followed."

Mike Bowen, Director of Research

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What is the report about?

The 40 Years of Research at The College of Optometrists report highlights how the College has become an important source of research funding for optometry and vision science, supporting research that will improve the profession for the public benefit in university, hospital and practice settings, and developing the researchers of the future. It provides a history of how research at the College was established and subsequently developed. We also showcase eight case studies of funded research and the impact they have had upon the profession.

Why does research matter to me?

Many of the researchers who the College has supported over the last 40 years have gone on to become the educators and leaders of the profession, nationally and internationally. This impacts you throughout your career.

You can also see the impact research has had in a number of practical applications such as the CMGs, member briefings, CET/CPD materials and the College Guidance for Professional Practice, all things that you use as a member of the College.

We also produce research journals, Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics (OPO) the top-ranked optometry journal in the world, and Optometry in Practice (OIP), supported by engaging podcasts, which keep you up to date with current research and developments in optometric practice.

Get involved

There are many ways you can get involved in research at the College, apply for funding to undertake a project of your own, or read one of our research-based resources. You could also support research by listening to a podcast or attending a research webinar.

If you have any questions email research@college-optometrists.org, we would love to hear from you.