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Miss Cathy Williams

Miss Cathy Williams

Miss Cathy Williams
B.Sc., MBBS, Ph.D.(Bristol), FRCOphth.

Reader in Paediatric Opthalmology

Area of research

Visual Development in Children

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Summary

Throughout my clinical career as a paediatric ophthalmologist at Bristol Eye Hospital and as a researcher, I have been interested in visual development. I have worked with the ALSPAC study for many years and examined the predictors, outcomes and timecourse of different aspects of visual function including refractive error and stereopsis (3D vision). In my clinical role as a Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist at Bristol Eye Hospital I have an interest in children with both visual and neurodevelopmental difficulties and I run a specialist clinic for them.

 

Between 2010-2015 I completed a part-time (60%) NIHR Career Development Fellowship to investigate "Functional Vision" in children with neurodevelopmental difficulties and to design services and treatments to help them. I am now supported by an NIHR Senior Research Fellowship (75% time) to develop and evaluate services for children with cerebral visual impairment (CVI). The programme of research supported by this Fellowship is called the CVI Project.

 

The CVI Project

 

Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) refers to impairment of vision due to malfunction of the brain, rather than the eyes. CVI is a feature of many neurodevelopmental conditions, affects an estimated 1% of children and results in learning, co-ordination and communication difficulties.

 

Descriptive studies report that simplifying visual input improves performance in children with CVI but robust data are lacking. CVI is often unrecognised as many affected children have good visual acuity and appear to “see” normally.

 

The program of work involves refining and evaluating a complex intervention, involving school and hospital components, for children with CVI.

 

For more information on The CVI Project and my ongoing research in the field of Complex Visual Impairment: www.bristol.ac.uk/ccah/research/childdevelopmentdisability/complex-visual-impairment/

www.thecviproject.co.uk/

Biography

I trained at St Thomas's Hospital in London and after initial house jobs in and around London came to Bristol in 1989. I combined periods of academic training with clinical training and obtained a PhD (investigating screening for amblyopia) and qualified as a Consultant, in 1999. Since 2000 I have been a Consultant at Bristol Eye Hospiutal and have  carried on with research. I began a Career Development Fellowship, funded by NIHR, in 2010 and am investigating functionally-important visual problems that affect children with neurodevelopmental problems. 

Activities / Findings

I am now on a 5-year Senior Research Fellowship funded by NIHR. THe programme of research is on the prevalence, impact and feasibilility of a supprt service, for children with cerebral visual impairment (CVI). 

Teaching

I am Unit Convenor for the "Child Health in the Early Years" unit in the second year of the Childhood Studies BSc run by the School of Policy Studies. I also teach paediatric trainee doctors about paediatric ohthalmogy and train young ophthalmologists about examining and trwatung children's eye problems. I am a visiting lecturer to the London School of Hygeine and Tropical medicine where I teach on cohort studies on the "Epidemiology of Eye Dsease" course.

Keywords

  • Throughout my clinical career as a paediatric ophthalmologist at Bristol Eye Hospital and as a researcher
  • I have been interested in visual development. I have worked with the ALSPAC study for many years and examined the predictors
  • outcomes and timecourse of different aspects of visual function including refractive error and stereopsis (3D vision). I am now on an NIHR Career Development Fellowship to investigate "Functional Vision " in Children with neurodevelopmental difficulties and design services and treatments to help them.

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Bristol Medical School (PHS)

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