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Annual optometry lecture will look at short sightedness

10 October 11

Bradford School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Bradford will host its annual prestige lecture on the topic of why people become short sighted on Monday 17 October.

Myopia: the known unknowns’ will consider what is currently known about why people become myopic (short sighted) and will look at the potential treatments on the horizon that may slow the development of short sightedness.

The annual lecture is in honour of the late Professor David Pickwell and will be delivered by world-leading myopia expert Professor Bernard Gilmartin from the University of Aston.

As well as pharmaceutical agents, potential treatments for Myopia include a number of novel contact lens designs that are currently being trialled on children in the Far East. Myopia is becoming increasingly common and has a significant socio-economic impact, particularly because it can be associated with certain eye conditions that lead to impaired vision.

Dr Catharine Chisholm, Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, said: "There are lots of myths around why short-sightedness develops and what can be done to slow its development. This lecture will pull apart the science and reveal what we know for definite about why more and more individuals are becoming short sighted. Short sight is becoming such a big problem that a world-wide race to discover a 'cure', has developed. A better understanding of which treatments have potential, and which do not, is critical for eye care practitioners. We are honoured to have Professor Gilmartin speaking as a world-renowned researcher in this field."

The annual lecture is held in honour of Professor David Pickwell who served the University of Bradford for over 25 years and laid the foundation for the Bradford School of Optometry and Vision Science.

The lecture is open to members of the public and is free. It will be held on Monday 17 October in the John Stanley Bell lecture theatre in the Richmond Building at the University of Bradford.  It will start at 6.30pm with a drinks reception, followed by the lecture at 7.30pm.  To register for the event, contact Kate Daley on 01274 236030 or email

10 October 11

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