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Seminars and Events

  • Oct

    The School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW Australia will host Associate Professor Bernhard Riecke from SFU, Canada on Friday 16 October 2015. Associate Professor Riecke will present his latest research on 'Using virtual reality to understand visual self-navigation'. All interested parties are welcome to attend.

  • Oct

    A farewell for Professor Brien Holden will be held on Tuesday 20 October 2015 from 9.00am - 11.00am in the Tyree Room at The John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to rsvpevents@unsw.edu.au prior to Wednesday 14th October 2015.

  • Oct

    Professor Eric Papas, Visiting Professorial Fellow at the School of Optometry and Vision Science will give a presentation to all interested parties on Friday 30 October 2015 at 4pm.  His lecture is titled: 'Why contact lenses hurt a bit, sometimes'. All welcome to attend!

Research Spotlight

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. These findings are a call to all practicing eye care practitioners to assess contrast sensitivity in their older patients and broach the topic of personal safety during eye and vision consultations and refer appropriately, whether or not their patients raise the issue.

It is concerning that over 25% of participants experienced incidents on the falls and bumps causal pathways in just a short eight week period, which suggests that there are many patients experiencing painful and injurious incidents, most of which were not reported to medical care.