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Seminars and Events

  • Nov

    On 2 November 2016 all alumni, staff, colleagues and general public are warmly invited to an exciting evening with two highly regarded keynote speakers: Dr Daniel Ehrlich, presently Head of Optometry and Moorfields Eye Hospital, UK, and Dr Michael Hennessy, reknowned for his work on glaucoma pathways. They will be presenting on optometry's role in chronic disease management in the health systems of the UK and Australia respectively, and providing a picture of likely future developments in this area.

  • Nov

    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".This talk covers our work to understand how small glands in the eyelids can cause more than 1.5 million Australians to suffer from painful dry eyes.

  • Nov

    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.

  • Nov

    This second alumni evening, on 16 November 2016 has the theme of communication between clinicians for the benefit of our patients, with an emphasis on referral quality, appropriateness and timing. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Derek Dunstone, who will speak on the “Good, bad and the ugly – what can be learned from an audit of UK optometric referrals”. This will be followed by presentations from two higher degree research students, Mr Terry Ho and Mr Thomas Eze on their work in auditing appropriateness of eyecare delivery in Australia and the timing of referrals from the patient viewpoint.

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?