Cathedral Eye Clinic officially opened by Minister for Social Development...

Cathedral Eye Clinic officially opened by Minister for Social Development

Ms Margaret Ritchie, the Minister for Social Development performed the official opening ceremony at the Cathedral Eye Clinic in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter.

One of the first organisations to be based in the new business units of the University of Ulster's York Road campus, the Clinic is part of the Leeson Eye Institute which opened its first Clinic in Dublin last year.

The Minister was welcomed at the new state of the art Clinic by the Leeson Eye Institute chairman Mr Johnny Graham and joint medical directors, consultant ophthalmologists Professor Johnny Moore and Mr. John Fenton.

Speaking at the launch the Minister said: "I am pleased to see this high tech medical business opening in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter. This area's future viability and sustainability depends on private sector investment in commercial and residential development. There is increasing momentum and change of mood in the area as private sector development activity increases and I commend this new Eye Clinic's investment."

Mr. Johnny Moore , a part time consultant opthalmologist at Belfast's Mater Hospital and Royal Group of Hospitals Belfast and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Molecular Biosciences, University of Ulster, outlined the services available at the Cathedral Clinic.

"We provide total eye care and work with ophthalmologists to cover all the ophthalmic subspecialties, providing treatment for both the ocular surface (the front of the eye) -my own subspecialty, to the back of the eye -the retina- the subspecialty of my colleague here Richard Best," he explained.

Cathedral Eye Clinic Official Opening (24.06.08)

(L-R) Professor Johnny Moore (Belfast), Consultant Ophthalmologist John Fenton (Dublin), Minister for Social Development Margaret Ritchie and Eye Clinic Chairman Johnny Graham

Professor Moore spoke about patient choice. "We offer the public a choice of care dependent wholly on the expertise of a team of experienced consultant ophthalmologists backed up by highly trained optometrists, set in an environment where the latest and most up to date equipment is used," he said.

Much of the equipment is unique to the Leeson Eye Institute of which the Cathedral Clinic is an integral part, he stressed.

Guests at the opening ceremony included clinical professions representatives, staff of the University and visiting professors from the USA and Italy.