The school, the largest single investment in eye care anywhere in the UK, will provide advanced facilities to further understanding of the causes, prevention and treatment of a wide spectrum of vision conditions.
The new building aims to bring teaching, clinical practice and research under one roof, allowing the school to undertake research into conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic complications, cataracts and myopia, low vision and binocular vision.
The public Eye Clinic has also doubled in size to provide further specialist clinical services for patients across Wales who have special educational needs, diabetes, glaucoma, epilepsy, partial sight and blindness.
Funding for the new building represents a joint investment by the university and the Science Research Investment Fund (SRIF). The SRIF is a joint initiative between the UK Funding Councils and the Department for Innovation, University and Skills, founded to boost the international competitiveness of the UK’s science base.