Haag-Streit UK Donates DRS Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera to the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences at Cardiff University

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Haag-Streit UK is pleased to announce the donation of a DRS non-mydriatic retinal camera to Cardiff University’s School of Optometry and Vision Sciences.

"We were immediately impressed with the equipment, it is truly plug-and-play, once taken out of the box we had our first image within 3 minutes!" Tim Wess

The generous donation was made recently to Prof. Tim Wess, Head of School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, by Haag-Streit UK’s Grahame Wood, National Sales Manager and Martin Harborne, Area Sales Manager.

BSc Optometry Students will fully benefit from the DRS during all three years of their attendance at the University. First year Students will have an initial introduction to fundus photography with the DRS by acting as photographic subjects for the second year Students when they undertake the year two ‘Investigative Techniques’ module. The University will also use the DRS within the third year ‘Primary Care Clinics’ to see patients, within the ‘Abnormal Ocular Conditions’ course, which covers diabetes, as well as other retinal conditions such as; AMD and glaucoma.

Tim Wess commented, “We are delighted with the addition of the DRS camera to the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences. We were immediately impressed with the equipment, it is truly plug-and-play, once taken out of the box we had our first image within 3 minutes! I invited four colleagues, all professional Optometrists, to view the DRS in action, all were excited by the automated functionality, especially the auto-alignment, auto-focus and auto-capture features. All agreed that the speed and accuracy of the DRS camera would enable the user to spend less time capturing and more time interpreting and analysing the image”.

Tim continued, “The flexibility and ease-of-use of the DRS will make the taking of retinal photographs more efficient, and it will make it possible for the University to include fundus photography more readily into clinical practice”.

Dr Paul Murphy, Director of Teaching, University’s School of Optometry and Vision Sciences added, “The DRS will allow us to expand on our current teaching. It will allow the students more practice in fundus photography, by making the process of taking the images more straightforward, and thus allowing it to be incorporated more frequently into their routine”.

The School of Optometry and Vision Sciences incorporates a working Eye Clinic and fundus photography is currently undertaken for all patients attending this professional clinic.

Tim Wess commented, “We run patient clinics every day, both during and outside of term-time, so the DRS will constantly be in use at the clinic on a daily-basis. The DRS is quick and easy-to-use, and allows us to capture un-dilated imagery of Patients with small pupils, it will vastly speed up the photographic process and will enable us to see more Patients”.

Tim continued, “The DRS will also now enable the capture of a permanent record of the Patient’s retina at each practice visit, which makes long-term monitoring much more efficient. The Patient will also benefit from being able to view the retinal images, which will assist when discussing any abnormal findings, or to explain changes in vision in an already diagnosed condition”.

Paul Murphy added, “In addition to using the DRS for teaching and for performing fundus photography within the Eye Clinic, we anticipate that the DRS will play an important part in our research instrument portfolio and it is expected that it will be used in future research or clinical studies on retinal structure”.

Haag-Streit UK’s National Sales Manager, Grahame Wood, commented, “We are delighted to donate a DRS to the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences. Haag-Streit UK and Cardiff University have a long-standing partnership and we have much respect for the work that the University does, both in teaching and research”.

Grahame added, “In the most recent Higher Education Funding Council assessment of undergraduate teaching quality in UK Optometry departments, the School obtained one of the highest rankings throughout the UK and was awarded the designation 'Excellent'. We are proud that the School uses Haag-Streit UK products”.

For further information, please contact Haag-Streit UK on +44 (0)1279 456261, visit http://www.haagstreituk.com.


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