GCU receives state-of-the-art optical technology

The only vision science teaching unit in Scotland based at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has received state-of-the-art equipment from a leading provider in ophthalmic instruments. 

Topcon GB Ltd is providing ophthalmic instruments used in the examination, diagnosis and treatment of eye care to support the education of undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

The specialist equipment, DRI OCT Triton, gives vision science staff and students access, training, and practical experience of using the most sophisticated machinery and software. It will also further inform research projects. The high-tech OCT equipment provides better penetration through cataracts and haemorrhages, and deeper imaging, allowing better visualisation of the choroid.

 Primary care is provided to the local community in the Vision Centre, where students work with patients under the supervision of experienced and qualified clinical staff and will benefit from receiving access to the latest technology. 

Optometrist and Lecturer Dr Alice McTrusty, who is a specialist in visual fields, myopia and optical coherence tomography (OCT), said: “Our students have access to the latest cutting-edge technology and, combined with the practical experience that they gain within clinical practice, they are entering the profession having received the highest quality of training.” 

Dean of the School of Health and Life Sciences Vincent McKay welcomed the gift-in-kind from Topcon GB Ltd, which he said was vital to the development and investment of staff, students and researchers. 

Topcon Imaging Product Manager, Tim Cole, visited the campus to provide additional training to staff. He said: “GCU is the leading Vision Science Centre in Scotland and it is with great pleasure that we can provide assistance while enhancing the education of students. Through technology we can assist in improving eye care and screening for patients and develop professionals, students and practitioners.” 

The Vision Centre is supported by the work of Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation, which has raised more than £6million to date thanks to the generosity of donors, alumni and friends of GCU. 

Jill Watt, Director of Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation, added: “Topcon are a longstanding donor to the University and we are extremely grateful for their continued support that enhances our students’ learning via access to the very latest cutting edge equipment.” 

GCU offers undergraduate degree programmes in BSc (Hons) OptometryBSc Ophthalmic Dispensing and BSc (Hons) Orthoptics

The programmes are accredited by the General Optical Council and the Health and Care Professions Council. GCU is the only university in Scotland to offer an Ophthalmic Dispensing programme in a recognised Centre of Excellence.