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News

  • 31 May 2016

    A strong contingent from SOVS was present for the recent Tear Film and Ocular Surface Dry Eye Workshop 2 (TFOS DEWS2) meeting in Seattle. Dry eye is suffered by many people across the world, with Australians being far from immune.

  • 31 May 2016

    Angelica Ly, a second year PhD student at the Centre for Eye Health and School of Optometry and Vision Science has had her review article “Infrared reflectance imaging in age-related macular degeneration” accepted into the journal, Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics as part of its Special Issue “Imaging the visual system:  from the eye to the brain”.

  • 26 May 2016

    Our School of Optometry and Vision Science had a wonderful staff, student and visiting staff representation at the annual meeting of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) at Seattle, WA, USA from 1 to 5 May 2016.

Seminars and Events

  • Jun
    3

    The School welcomes Professor Paul Martin from the University of Sydney who will lecture to all interested parties on Friday 3 June 2016. His lecture is titled: "Neural processing in eye and subcortical pathways of primates".

  • Jun
    16

    We congratulate our Class of 2015 undergraduate students and cohort of higher degree students who will graduate on Thursday 16 June 2016 at 2pm. The UNSW Optometry Clinic will be open following graduation to allow new graduands to tour their family and friends through our facilities. 

Research Spotlight

Dr Jerome Ozkan has been successful in his application for a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship, being granted a four-year Peter Doherty Biomedical Fellowship to commence in 2016. Dr Ozkan has previously worked in clinical trials research and as an Associate Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW.

Unlike other regions of the body, the ocular surface was thought to be essentially sterile and only sporadically colonised by microbes due to the potent antimicrobial properties of the tear film and the mechanical action of the lids. Modern DNA techniques have shown the existence of a significantly more diverse bacterial population on the ocular surface. There is not yet a clear identification of a core and transient ocular microbiome.

This research aims to understand what constitutes the core and transient ocular microbiome, how microbial communities change over time and over the eye’s microhabitats (conjunctiva, lids margins, surface cells/crypts), the effect of pharmaceutical agents (including antibiotics) on its composition and how microbial communities change during disease development.