Purpose and background
In this project, the College collaborated with Cochrane Eyes and Vision to undertake reviews of the evidence around two clinical areas relevant to optometry.
Cochrane Eyes and Vision is an international network of individuals working to prepare, maintain and promote access to systematic reviews of interventions to treat or prevent eye diseases or visual impairment. They also do systematic reviews of the accuracy of diagnostic tests for common ocular diseases or conditions.
This collaboration was designed to increase the engagement of optometry with Cochrane Eyes and Vision and the participation of UK optometrists in systematic reviews in key areas of eyes and vision research.
Two reviews were undertaken, on vision screening for correctable visual acuity deficits in school-age children and adolescents, and on reading aids for adults with low vision. The College provided funding to allow this work to be undertaken by review teams, each of which included at least one College member.