Glasgow Eye Students Make it a First

By Optical Express, PRNE
Monday, January 17, 2011

GLASGOW, Scotland, January 18, 2011 - Optometry and Dispensing Optician students at Glasgow Caledonian
University received a massive boost, becoming the first in Scotland to
benefit from state of the art eye diagnostic technology following a donation
from Optical Express.

The Oculus Pentacam, which offers a precise analysis of the eye, was
given to the University Eye Clinic by Optical Express, Europe's largest
provider of laser eye surgery
(, reinforcing its
support to the University's Centre of Excellence.

The new equipment will allow students in the Department of Vision
Sciences the opportunity to use advanced technology as part of the four year
optometry degree, enabling them to get a better understanding of the entire
cornea, anterior chamber and crystalline lens.

Dr Scott Mackie, Professional Services Director, Optical Express, said:

"The Oculus Pentacam will offer students the opportunity to
explore and understand a more complex view of the eye. It will give them a
fascinating insight into the cornea at an early stage of their development.

We remain committed to helping and supporting the Department
of Vision Sciences as they develop and nurture our next generation of leading
eye specialists ("

Dr Niall Strang, Acting Head of Vision Sciences, from Glasgow Caledonian
University, said:

"We are very fortunate to be the only University in Scotland with such
advanced technology. The Oculus Pentacam will help the learning and
development of our students, giving them an invaluable understanding of
anterior segment tomography."

Glasgow Caledonian University is one of three Universities in the UK to
have an Oculus Pentacam. Manchester and Cardiff Universities also have this
leading technology.

The Oculus Pentacam, worth GBP45,000, is recognized as the gold standard
in corneal topography. Equipped with a Scheimpflug camera, the technology can
offer a precise analysis of the central cornea. These measurements are vital
in the detection and management of a number of eye diseases and in the
assessment of contact lens fitting and refractive surgery

    Note to Editors

    1. Optical Express is Europe's leading refractive surgery provider with
       its surgeons having carried out more than 700,000 laser eye surgery
       procedures. The company employs over 3000 people, utilising over 30
       ophthalmologists and 250 optometrists across more than 200 locations
       throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, Croatia, France, Germany, the
       Netherlands and the United States.

    2. For further information, please contact:

       Lindsay Taylor
       Marketing and Communications
       Tel: +44(0)1236-795-186
       Mob: +44(0)7917-350-292

For further information, please contact: Lindsay Taylor, Marketing and Communications, Tel: +44(0)1236-795-186, Mob: +44(0)7917-350-292

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