Project reference number: SHLS19029
The prevalence of age related macular degeneration (ARMD) is increasing in the UK; leading to large numbers of older people having difficulty with tasks such as reading and recognising faces. Recent developments in display technologies, such asin Head-MountedDisplay (HMD) and hand-held devices (phone, tablet) , allow patients the opportunity to manipulate visual conditions to improve their task performance. For example, ARMD patients can control the speed of text presentation to optimise their reading experience wearing the HMD device with a specially developed application.In laboratory based conditions this type of manipulation often shows a good level of improvement in visual task performance but often patients struggle to translate these improvements to their everyday environment.
This project will examine the capability of HMD and portable display technologies to improve the performance of ARMD patients in a number of visual tasks. The results from this project will help in the development of unique interventions for ARMD patients which will enhance their vision performance within their everyday environment.
The successful applicant will hold a minimum of an undergraduate degree (2:1 or above) in vision science related fields such as optometry/orthoptics/ophthalmology with respective qualification from the UK or equivalent. Previous experience of quantitative research methodology is strongly preferred.
Candidates are requested to submit a detailed research proposal (of a maximum of 2000 words) on the project area as part of their application.
Research Strategy and Research Profile
Glasgow Caledonian University’s research is framed around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, We address the Goals via three societal challenge areas of Inclusive Societies, Healthy Lives, and Sustainable Environments. This project is part of the research activity of the Research Group – https://www.gcu.ac.uk/hls/research/researchgroups/appliedvisionresearch/ https://www.gcu.ac.uk/hls/staff/drsimonjeon/
How to Apply
This project is available as a 3 year full-time PhD study programme with a start date of 1st October 2019
For information on how to apply and the online application form please go to https://www.gcu.ac.uk/research/postgraduateresearchstudy/applicationprocess/
Applicants shortlisted for the PhD project will be contacted for an interview.