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Our areas of funding - Best patient care

Helping to understand eye disease better is only worthwhile if treatment for patients improves. We all know that the NHS has limited resources and each medical specialty has to fight for these precious funds. Cambridge Eye Trust specifically helps Ophthalmology departments to fund better patient care, by helping doctors diagnose problems better or by having the best treatment devices available to help them do their job optimally. Donations mean that we can improve patient outcomes.




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Addenbrooke's Eye Laser - first installation in the UK
Update: 2021: The Centre has now  reached a 1,000-patient treatment
Laser surgery in ophthalmology has evolved over the last 30 years and is now the preferred method for treating many eye conditions. This technology enables surgeons to operate with greater precision when compared to conventional surgery.

Thanks to a grant from The Cambridge Eye Trust and a gift left to Addenbrooke's Charity Trust in a Will, Addenbrooke's Ophthalmology department has been able to purchase specialist eye laser equipment and refurbish a specific room for its use (The Peter G Watson Laser Suite).

Addenbrooke’s is the first NHS unit in the UK to install the state-of-the-art ‘Femtosecond’ laser system. This infrared laser, with its ultra-precision, brings the potential to revolutionise eye surgery in the East of England, improving care and ensuring more patients can benefit from the latest technology.

Eye tracking with virtual reality

Funding from the Cambridge Eye Trust has enabled Consultant Ophthalmologist Tony Vivian and his team to purchase a special eye tracking device.  

The Tobii Pro VR Integration allows researchers to run eye tracking studies in fully-controlled virtual environments, easily repeat research scenarios and switch stimuli, all while keeping track of the participants' gaze. Without compromising the VR experience, this research tool provides high-quality eye tracking data and tracks a vast majority of the world population.

Eye tracking in immersive VR is transforming how studies can be conducted, and it opens up entirely new research possibilities for professionals in studying and assessing eye conditions. 

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