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  • 22 May 2015

    SOVS warmly welcomes our new higher degree research students, Emma Gibson, Terry Ho and Josh Ebert.  Read more to find out what research they are undertaking and what inspired them to join our team here at SOVS.  If you are interested in pursing a higher research degree here at SOVS, please contact our Postgraduate Research Director, Dr Blanka Golebiowksi

  • 21 May 2015

    Our School had great staff, student and visiting staff representation at the recent Association for Vision in Research and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Conference which was held in Denver, CO, USA from 3-7 May 2015.  We even had four presentations, which is quite a coup!  For your viewing, we have created a new section on our website for conference posters.  See here for link.

  • 11 May 2015

    On Thursday 30 April 2015, the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW Australia had the new President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Jacobs visit the School.

  • 28 April 2015

    UNSW's School of Optometry and Vision Science has a strong contingent of staff, students and visiting academics travelling to the annual ARVO Conference, Denver, Colorado, USA (3-7 May 2015). 

Seminars and Events

  • May

    Senior Visiting Fellow, Associate Professor Qian Garrett will present as part of the Vaegan Lecture Series on Friday 29 May 2015.  Her lecture entitled 'Osmoprotection in prevention and treatment of dry eye' will commence at 4pm.  All welcome to attend.

  • Jun

    On Thursday 18 June 2015 at 2pm, the Class of 2014 will graduate here at UNSW Australia.  Professor Charles McMonnies, a Visiting Academic at the School has been invited to give the occasional address at this graduation.

Research Spotlight

Carolina Kunnen a PhD student at UNSW’s School of Optometry and Vision Science recently submitted her thesis examining dry eye symptoms in relation to meibomian gland dysfunction. In addition to her PhD work Carolina runs a non-government organisation in Ghana called The Optical Foundation. The Optical Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation working to make eye care accessible, through screenings, education and research.

Screenings: Carolina established the first project of the foundation in 2007 in collaboration with the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. The aim of The Optical Foundation is to make eye care accessible by performing eye examinations for children in Ghana. These screenings are performed in primary schools, orphanages and in other communities. The focus of The Optical Foundation is specifically on children.  Uncorrected refraction error can be hugely detrimental to a child’s development. Early detection of refractive errors can significantly diminish illiteracy. The Optical Foundation aims to provide glasses for children in need, and refers children for further treatment when necessary.

Education: Carolina explains that the Foundation also helps train Ghanaian optometry students, with the emphasis on empowering female students. By inviting these optometrists–in-training to the screenings, the program helps them to gain practical experience and encourages them to become specialists in their own country.