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The Liverpool Ophthalmic Reading Centre (LORC) is part of the Clinical Eye Research Centre at St Paul's Eye Unit and is strongly linked with the research activity of the Department of Eye and Vision Science, Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease at the University of Liverpool.

Who we are

LORC was established in 2005 to support multi-centre clinical trials on eye diseases, including those concerning age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.

Our internationally-accredited graders review various types of high quality photographic images and scans of the eye to allow us to objectively evaluate, classify and create detailed reports for large national and international clinical research studies. Our experienced clinicians provide support and quality assurance.

LORC is linked to reading centres in Belfast and Moorfields, London. All three reading centres form the Network of Reading Centres UK (NetwORC UK) coordinated by the Central Angiographic Reading Centre (CARF) in Belfast.


Image types we use include

  • stereo colour fundus photography
  • optical coherence tomography (OCT)
  • fluorescein angiography
  • indocyanine green angiography
  • wide-field imaging 
  • visual fields
  • autofluorescence


Contact us


Liverpool Ophthalmic Reading Centre
Room 349
3rd Floor, University Clinical Department
Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Prescot Street
L7 8XP

Contact: 0151 706 5377

The team

Mrs Savitha Madhusudhan FRCOphth  

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Director, Liverpool Ophthalmic Reading Centre

Dr Pauline Lenfestey, MRCOpth
Associate Specialist
Training and development lead, Liverpool Ophthalmic Reading Centre

Professor Simon Harding, FRCOphth, MD
Department of Eye and Vision Science, University of Liverpool

Mr David Parry
Senior Ophthalmic Image Grader

Sophie Leach
Ophthalmic Image Grader

Mrs Lindy Gee
Data Manager

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