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Dr Fergal Ennis 

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Position:Director of Teaching, Lecturer, BSc Optometry Director of Board of Studies

Telephone:+44 (0)29 2087 70550
Fax:+44 (0)29 2087 4859
Location:Room 3.05, Maindy Road

Research Interests

My main area of research interest is peripheral visual function, spanning both the pure psychophysical assessment of peripheral vision and the clinical application of peripheral vision testing in the detection of ocular disease conditions. More specifically, my research has predominantly been aimed at the assessment of resolution acuity in peripheral vision. From a pure psychophysical standpoint, this has involved investigating some of the factors that limit peripheral resolution acuity performance. From the clinical standpoint, my work has focussed on the suitability of peripheral resolution acuity to be used in the detection of glaucoma, an ocular disease that is known to detrimentally affect the peripheral vision before there is any noticeable affect on central vision. This has included both investigations into the validity of current methods of assessing resolution acuity performance and the development of new protocols for an improved approach, with the subsequent application in glaucoma patients. Another related area of research interest is the use of ocular imaging techniques as an alternative to measuring visual performance (i.e. perimetry) in the early detection of glaucoma.
My research intentions for the immediate future are to develop and assess further the potential of peripheral resolution acuity as a clinical tool in glaucoma and other conditions, and to compare this potential to that of currently available techniques, both perimetric and imaging.