Ophthalmology research nursing

The ophthalmology research nursing team enables patients with eye-and sight-threatening conditions to participate in research studies with access to new treatments that are not currently available on the NHS.


Marie Nelson

Marie Nelson, senior sister - ophthalmology

Marie is an experienced ophthalmology research sister. She provides leadership and coordination for the ophthalmology research team, undertaking a wide range of clinical trials into conditions affecting the eyes and eyesight.

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Helping people access eye studies

Overseeing the day-to-day running of research studies, the nursing team are often the first point of contact for patients and volunteers wishing to take part in eye research.

Once enrolled onto a research study, they ensure that participants receive the best care possible – often seeing patients over the course of many years.

Many trials, through regular clinics

The team is involved in large global studies and local academic projects looking at new treatments for the eye, and genetic and other causes of a wide range of sight threatening conditions.

The team works within the facility and Southampton’s eye unit, running a weekly eye clinic within the facility. 

Advanced technology, thanks to Gift of Sight

The team works closely with Professor Andrew Lotery and the Gift of Sight charity which has funded much of the research equipment that they use, including state-of-the-art cameras that allow them to see 3D images and very fine details of the eye. 

This technology is enabling complex research studies, including investigations of genetic therapies for eye conditions.

Eye research studies

The team are running trials looking at wet macular degeneration and diabetic eye conditions, as well as being the lead site in the UK for a new study looking at a treatment for dry macular degeneration for which there is currently no treatment available - a very exciting opportunity for patients and for the team.

The team are also able to assist in a number of laboratory based research studies in collaboration with the University of Southampton, helping obtain blood samples for analysis, which has led to the identification of genetic risk factors for age related macular degeneration.