Visual Function


The Department was founded in 1974 by Dr Peter Good who remains as its Head of Department. The Department was originally called the Retina Department, and provided research into retinal disease. The Department then became an Ocular Electrophysiology Department providing Visual Evoked Potentials and Electroretinography as well as visual fields. The Department also provided a Clinical Genetics Service under the guidance of Professor James Crews and Professor Sarah Bundey.

Present Day:

The Visual Function Department is one of Europe’s largest Paediatric and Adult Electrophysiology units, providing a full range of electrodiagnostic tests to patients referred from the Midlands and Wales. The Department also provides a Regional Clinical Genetics Service in paediatric and adult inherited disorders.

As well as Ocular Electrophysiology the department specialises in ocular ultrasound including ultrabiomicroscopy (UBM) and high frequency posterior segment ultrasound. The Department also provides other imaging investigations included anterior and posterior segment OCT and corneal topography. Specialist colour vision tests, contrast sensitivity investigations, and visual fields are also performed.

The Department is committed to Research and Development and undergoes research into rare diseases, and trauma, as well as angle closure Glaucoma.


If you would like to get in contact with any part of BMEC, please dial our central number 0121 507 4440.

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