Spotlight on our Research

There are many stories about the research that we are doing in the School of Optometry and Vision Science. Here are just a few of them.

Over the past week, many of our School of Optometry and Vision Science (SOVS) staff and students gathered with fellow contact lens researchers and clinicians from around the world at Stevenson, WA, USA for the 17th International Society for Contact Lens Research (ISCLR) Conference.

The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) conference 2017 held from 9th to 11th June in Liverpool, UK (the “home of The Beatles”) was educational, informative and a wonderful celebration of the 40th anniversary of BCLA clinical conferences. The School of Optometry and Vision Science (SOVS) was well represented, with Professor Mark Willcox, Visiting Professor Eric Papas, Dr Jacqueline Tan and PhD candidate Ms Jaya Sowjanya Siddireddy in attendance.

In May 2017, many of our School of Optometry and Vision Science staff and students gathered with fellow researchers and clinicians from around the world at Baltimore, USA for the 2017 annual conference of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). It was a great opportunity for all of us to reconnect with our old colleagues, collaborators, and friends particularly with many of School of Optometry and Vision Science alumni researchers working at various prestigious optometry institutes worldwide.

Have you ever wondered why statues made from wax or quartz look different to ones made from stone? It could have something to do with the perception of shape and opacity.

The School was delighted to host Masakazu Ohara, an international research intern who worked with Dr Juno Kim for six weeks over the summer break. Masakazu is currently in the process of completing his undergraduate studies in Computer Science and Engineering at Toyohashi University of Technology (TUT) in Japan. During his time here, he learned about 3D graphical modelling and simulation and began to lead an ongoing research project with Dr Kim looking at the perception of surfaces and materials in virtual environments.

Eye & Contact Lens has three papers from members of the School. This issue is a special issue on contact lens discomfort and features papers from a symposium held in Seattle, WA, USA in April 2016.

The School of Optometry is celebrating after a highly successful showing at the annual American Academy of Optometry Conference held in Anaheim, USA. Over 15 SOVS academics, postgraduate students and visiting staff attend, presenting research on anterior and posterior eye disease.

The School of Optometry and Vision Science (SOVS) at UNSW Australia has just released an iPad app to test eye-hand coordination in a games-like manner with proven appeal to children and adults  ($2.99 at the iTunes App Store, just click here). 

On Tuesday 30 August 2016, the School hosted its inaugural Research Information Night – a opportunity for students interested in research to chat and network with potential supervisors in a casual environment. Over 20 potential supervisors attended including researchers from the School of Optometry and Vision Science, The Brien Holden Vision Institute, The Centre for Eye Health and The George Institute.

During my recent sabbatical (March-June 2016) I was fortunate to work with Dr Kathryn Richdale at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry  to develop new links with optometric and ophthalmic researchers based in New York and USA.