Ms Caitriona Kirwan graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) with an honours medical degree and a distinguished undergraduate record. On completion of her internship at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, she carried out research in UCD, examining the effect of various oxygen saturations on abnormal blood vessel development in the retina of the eye and was awarded a master degree (MSc hons). She completed both basic and higher surgical training schemes in ophthalmic surgery in Dublin and Cork. She has combined clinical and research fellowships in paediatric ophthalmology at The Childrens’ University Hospital, Temple Street and in refractive (eye laser) surgery at the Mater Private Hospital under the mentorship of Professor Michael O’Keefe. She went on then to complete a further one year fellowship in paediatric and adult ophthalmology and strabismus at the Hospital for Sick Children (Sickkids) and Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Canada.
One of her particular interests is in low vision rehabilitation and eccentric vision training in patients with central vision loss commonly due to age related macular degeneration.
Ms Kirwan has maintained for many years an active role in research in both adult and paediatric ophthalmology and refractive surgery. She has published a substantial number of peer review papers and book chapters in these areas and presented her findings at national and international meetings.