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  • 27 November 2014

    Now is the time to upgrade your professional qualification!  Enrol now for 2015 Postgraduate Coursework at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW Australia.

  • 25 November 2014

    The School of Optometry and Vision Science is delighted to announce that Charles McMonnies, an Adjunct Professor, is to be awarded a Doctor of Science (DSc) from UNSW Australia based on his published work and contributions to the body of scientific and clinical literature.    

  • 21 November 2014

    At the American Academy of Optometry Meeting held recently in Denver, USA, Professor Brien Holden was awarded the highest honour - the Charles F. Prentice Medal (established in 1958) in recognition of a career-long record of advancement of knowledge in vision science.

  • 7 November 2014

    Optometry took part in the Science Whirlwind tour earlier this year.  Final year students gave an overview on behalf of Optometry and recommended that new students join the peer mentoring programme in their first semester.

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 introduce its staff.  Tours of the School will be conducted, followed by a BBQ hosted by the Student Optometry Society.

  • Jun
    18

    On Thursday 18 June 2015 at 2pm, the Class of 2014 will graduate here at UNSW Australia.  More details to follow in due course.

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 to 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.