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Seminars and Events

  • Jan
    6

    UNSW Australia will hold it's Info Day on Tuesday 6 January 2015 from 9am - 4pm.  The School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW will have representatives available to discuss our programmes. 

  • Feb
    26

    The School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW Australia will welcome its new students on 26 February 2015.  This lecture will provide an overview of the School and introdcue its staff.  Tours of the School will be conducted, followed by a BBQ hosted by the Student Optometry Society.

Research Spotlight

Close collaboration between eye care professionals improves diagnosis of the blinding eye disease glaucoma and reduces unnecessary and costly referrals to ophthalmologists, a UNSW-led study shows.

The new model of care, trialled by the Centre of Eye Health at UNSW, involved optometrists referring patients with suspected glaucoma to the centre where specially trained optometrists carried out advanced testing and recommended a management program in collaboration with consultant ophthalmologists.

These test results and recommendations were then provided ot the referring optometrists, who continued to monitor the patients themsleves, referred them back to the centre for repeated testing, or referred them to medically trained ophthalmologists.

"Our collaborative scheme not only ensured timely review for patients, but also considerably improved diagnostic accuracy and alleviated time and financial constraints on the health care system," says lead author of the study, Dr Barbara Zangerl, of the UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science.

For full media release please read here.