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News

  • 27 September 2016

    School of Optometry and Vision Science PhD student Ashik Mohamed has just published a new article on the in vitro biometry of a human spherophakia in an upcoming issue of Clinical and Experimental Optometry.

  • 27 September 2016

    A paper published by Clinical and Experimental Optometry this month shows that reading from a smartphone for one hour can cause symptoms of tired, uncomfortable eyes and blurred vision. The research was conducted in 2013 as a Year 5 optometry research project by Ms Rene Cheung and Mr Simon Duong, and supervised by Dr Jennifer Long, Dr Lisa Asper and Ms Rosemary Paynter.

  • 21 September 2016

    The 8th International Conference on the Tear Film and Ocular Surface (TFOS) was held between the 7th and 10th September in Montpellier, France, with a large contingent of staff and students attending and presenting from the UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science. A number of higher degree students were awarded travel grants to attend the conference and present their posters.

Seminars and Events

  • Oct
    21

    Join us on Friday 21 October 2016 to hear Associate Professor Stephen Palmisano from the School of Psychology at the University of Wollongong present on "Stereoscopic contributions to perceptions of space and motion". All students, staff, Faculty members and the general public are welcome to attend.

  • Nov
    4

    Visiting Professorial Fellow Eric Papas will present his latest research findings to all interested parties on Friday 4 November 2016 at 1pm.  Please join us to listen to his lecture titled "How to Mix Oil and Water - The Meibomian Gland in Sickness and Health".

  • Nov
    11

    Students from the School of Optometry and Vision Science will graduate in both the undergraudate and higher degree programmes on Friday 11 November 2016. The ceremony will commence at 6.30pm.

Research Spotlight

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). 

The “L-R Eye-Hand Coordination App” overcomes a number of issues with existing EHC tests and provides objective reporting of time taken and number of errors made tracing various shapes using a stylus.  The app was conceived by Kiseok Robin Lee during his PhD candidacy with us and designed by Malcolm Ryan from the School of Computing Science and Engineering at UNSW, with support from Catherine Suttle, Barbara Junghans and Sieu Khuu at SOVS.

The app’s repeatability/reliability and degrees of difficulty for the various levels have been verified on adults and children.  Importantly, there is preliminary evidence that performance on the L-R EHC Test differentiates amblyopes from normals.

As the visual pathway and its interactions with other centres in the brain is complex, this app may be useful to optometrists, ophthalmologists, orthoptists, paediatricians, neurologists, psychologists, rehabilitation specialists and remedial educationalists.

Detailed instructions/background are available from our Clinic website (click here).  Why not become an early adopter and support the refinement of this app into a standard clinical tool?