‘My dream is that no-one with Down’s syndrome should have to travel to find specialist eye care’

Cardiff University

As the first eye clinic for people with Down’s syndrome is launched in England, the woman who inspired the new facility through her pioneering work in Cardiff speaks about what it means.

The first specialist eye clinic in England for people with Down’s syndrome has been launched to help children who struggle with traditional eye tests.

The University of Portsmouth has set up the service, which provides specialist equipment and staff trained to meet the needs of people with the condition.

The facility was inspired by a clinic operated by Dr Margaret Woodhouse, head of the Down’s Syndrome Vision Research Unit at Cardiff University.

Dr Woodhouse has developed tests to assess vision and is interested in how visual impairment affects education and daily living skills, leading the way in research and treatment of vision problems in children with Down’s syndrome. In 2017, the Unit won the UK’s most prestigious academic award – a Queen’s Anniversary Prize – for its pioneering work and the team continue to research and grow the service.

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