Student prize awarded for homeless vision study

Student prize awarded for homeless vision study

Laura Keywood, a City University pre-registration optometrist working at Moorfields Eye Hospital, has been awarded a coveted Naylor Prize for her research with the homeless.

Her final year project entitled ‘Causes and prevalence of preventable visual impairment and eye disease in homeless people in East London’, used information provided by Vision Care for Homeless People. With several centres in the Capital and other around the country, Laura took her data from visitors to the clinic in Whitechapel, which operates as part of the Crisis Skylight Centre. This project was supervised by Dr. Penny D’Ath, at City University.

Elaine Styles, Chair of the charity praised Laura’s work and the fact that it has highlighted the severity of people functioning with seriously impaired vision in one of the wealthiest cities of the world –

“The Naylor Prize was set up in memory of the late Dr John Naylor at Manchester and it solicits applications from all UK optometry schools so it is a great achievement for Laura to have won one of these highly sought after awards. We hope the awareness created will encourage more within the world of optics to support our very worthwhile charity – volunteers and fundraisers are always needed,” said Elaine.