Miss Dhanes Thomas is leading a team to conduct the first national systemic study of childhood uveitis.
The study is taking place at Moorfields Eye Hospital thanks to funding from Moorfields Eye Charity.
Uveitis (inflammation inside the eye) is a rare but sight-threatening childhood disease. Miss Thomas’ team will investigate just how common the condition is in the UK, which other conditions children may have at the same time, what treatment is given, and how vision is affected one year after the diagnosis is first made.
Working with the BOSU (British Ophthalmological Surveillance Unit), they will set up a monthly surveillance system which asks all consultant eye specialists in the UK to report all new cases to them. Their aim is to provide clinicians and families with clear information on current best practice and management of childhood uveitis.