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.

The book “Antimicrobial Surfaces: Eds. Ivanova and Crawford” was recently published by Springer. This contains a chapter written by Professor Willcox along with Dr Ren Chen and colleagues from the School of Chemistry, UNSW Australia. This book deals with the common problem of microbial adhesion to surfaces. Microbes like to adhere to surfaces, and indeed it has been argued that this is their preferred mode of growth. Once adhered to a surface, the microbes, especially bacteria, form structures called biofilms.

The Vision Preservation Research Fund has been established for the purpose of supporting research into ways of improving the prevention, detection, management and treatment of diseases that reduce vision.

Do you want a more objective fine motor eye-hand coordination test? Current tests are coarse, so we have devised a 13-plate iPad test with a wide range of degrees of difficulty. We need your help to get this App to market for practitioners!

Older people with low vision with poor contrast sensitivity and visual acuity are at higher risk of fall and non-fall incidents such as bumps, slips, trips, cuts, mispours, burns and scalds and many do not know how to prevent these incidents from occurring.

Myopia or short-sightedness is a growing global health problem and it is now one of the most significant causes of blindness.The financial burden on individuals and communities of both correcting myopia and treating related ocular health conditions is substantial.

Academics from the School of Optometry and Vision Science are taking the lead in two of the subcommittees that have been formed for the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society Dry-Eye Workshops II.

Dr Ulrike Hampel was a Visiting Fellow at the School in 2013 and again in 2014. During this time Uli worked with Professor Willcox and others in the School on projects examining the ability of Meibomium gland cells to produce lipids.

All of our graduates have a story to tell but the story of Carolina Kunnen with her research in dry eyes and experience running a NGO in Ghana working to make eye care accessible is something well worth reading.

On Tuesday the 31st of March 2015, the School of Optometry and Vision Science held an alumni event that showcased the work of some of its most promising MSc and PhD researchers. The evening was an enormous success.

Patients go to the optometrist hoping for a comfortable experience but how often do they think about the comfort of the optometrist? Dr Jennifer Long has developed a suite of resources to help optometry students think about their comfort as they conduct eye tests.