Scope Eyecare Announce 10 Year Partnership with TU Dublin

21 Feb, 2022

Leading eyecare company Scope has agreed to a ten-year partnership with Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) in support of the National Optometry Centre (NOC) based on the University's new state-of-the-art campus at Grangegorman.

The agreement will see Scope donate €150,000 and work with TU Dublin to develop a range of innovative educational activities for Optometry and Ophthalmic Dispensing students. 

A global leader in eye health research and education, TU Dublin offers the only undergraduate programmes in Optometry and Ophthalmic Dispensing in Ireland, with students learning in the purpose-built National Optometry Centre in the heart of the Grangegorman Campus. Opened in 2021, the facility is the national Centre for the advanced training of optometry students. In addition, it serves as a national resource for the entire community of eye care professionals in Ireland.   

Tom Freyne, Scope CEO, said, "As a leading healthcare and eye care provider, we are delighted to partner with TU Dublin and support the development of the superb National Optometry Centre (NOC) at Grangegorman. Optometry is a hugely important service in the community with the prevalence of many eye diseases, such as Ocular surface disease, Age-related macular degeneration, and Glaucoma on the increase. We hope that TU Dublin students and eye care professionals will benefit from Scope's donation, and we look forward to working with the NOC on educational and research initiatives over the coming years."

Highlighting the benefits of this new partnership, Head of Optometry at TU Dublin, Declan Hovenden, said, "Scope's generous support will further enhance the world-leading student learning experience we offer in the National Optometry Centre and the School of Physics & Clinical & Optometric Science by providing access to the latest product developments in the treatment of common, but potentially serious health conditions such as Dry Eye and Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Protecting eye health greatly contributes to the general health and well-being of the population, and Scope's support will enable the NOC to explore additional collaborative research initiatives."

Commenting on other areas of mutual interest, Oona O'Carroll, Head Clinical Optometrist at the National Optometry Centre, said, "Another excellent benefit of this strategic partnership, is the potential access for NOC academics, clinicians and students to Scope's network of experts facilitating enhanced clinical training for eye conditions, such as Dry Eye and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, which affects the oil production of the tear film, causing irritation."

For more about the National Optometry Centre, including how to book an appointment for an eye examination, please visit the Centre's website.