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The physiological optics lab in Manchester has a well-established history of publishing high quality research papers. The physiological optics group is a part of a very active Eye and Vision Sciences research group in Manchester. Researchers in the Eye and Vision Sciences work on basic science and clinical projects to improve our understanding of structure and function of the human visual system, and to translate new knowledge into useful clinical tests. Research topics encompass function and dysfunction, visual optics, ocular imaging, psychophysics and electrophysiology and low vision.