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Preserving Vision: New generation implants and treatments for cataracts

Unit(s) of assessment: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy

Research theme: Health and Wellbeing

School: School of Science and Technology


New generation implants and treatments for cataracts

The population is getting older and the number of people with cataracts is growing. It is vital we keep improving implant eye lenses and anti-cataract remedies.

Our work will help restore people’s vision. We want to reduce the demand for cataract surgery by testing new drugs and developing new implant designs.

Addressing the Challenge

How our outstanding facilities and renowned researchers combat sight loss

We are looking at the optics and biomechanics of the eye lens. Using cutting-edge techniques and computational modelling, we are learning more about how the lens changes shape to focus and how new anticataract therapies can affect it.


With her expertise in optics, biophysics and protein chemistry, Professor Barbara Pierscionek leads the team.

We collaborate with researchers from:

  • The University of Cardiff
  • The University of Kingston
  • The University of Washington
  • The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Wroclaw University of Technology

We have received generous grants from Fight for Sight, The Royal Society, the Japanese government and Zeiss.