Mei-Ying Boon

Senior Lecturer

Research Interests: Visual electrophysiology analysis techniques, Visual perception in the ageing visual system, Visual perception in the developing visual system (children's vision), Amblyopia, Colour vision development, Low vision, Visual Impairment, Low vision rehabilitation, Visual impairment, Assistive technology

ABOUT ME

 

Biography

Senior Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Director of the Optics and Radiometry Laboratory, School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW Sydney, Australia.

Dr Boon graduated in optometry and vision science and was awarded her PhD in the electrophysiological and psychophysical development of colour vision from from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Her postdoctoral research studies were at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, in the prevention of injuries of older people with visual impairment and low vision. Her research areas include the development of objective visual electrophysiology analysis techniques, their relationship with perception, visual perception in the developing (children's vision encompassing amlyopia) and the ageing visual system as well as low vision and visual impairment. Dr Boon is a member of the Optometrists Association Australia, a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a representative for  Vision2020 (the Australian peak body for eye and vision care in Australia), an Australian Standards Committee member for spectacles lens standards and a nominated representative for Australia on the International Organization for Standardization

Education

  • Certificate in Clinical Electrophysiology (International Society of Clinical Electrophysiology and Vision, Fremantle, Australia)
  • PhD, Thesis entitled 'Electrophysiological and Psychophysical Assessment of Colour Vision Development' (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)
  • BOptom(Hons) (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)

 

RESEARCH

 

Research Goals

My research is focused on improving visual health in children and adults with visual conditions such as amblyopia, convergence insufficiency and low vision.

 

Research in Detail

Optimising visual electrophysiology techniques 

Visual electrophysiology allows us to study processing at the level of the retina (Electroretinograms) as well as the visual cortex (visual evoked potentials). They offer a direct insight into the function of the visual system which is complementary to what can be learned using psychophysical techniques, which probe the relationship between physical stimulation and perception. Children's visual processing is particularly challenging to analyse as it is still developing so techniques used in adults cannot be interpreted similarly in children. Current research is aimed at characterising electrophysiological systems using both objective and manual techniques and understanding their relationship with perception. One arm of our research is looking at how best to differentiate between normally and abnormally developing systems. Main applications will be in paediatric optometry and ophthalmology, particularly in monitoring the effects of conventional and novel treatments for amblyopia. Major collaborators are paediatric ophthalmologists in Sydney and Singapore.

How psychophysics can be used to assess vision and progression of eye diseases 

Eye diseases examined include glaucoma, AMD, retinitis pigmentosa, diabetic retinopathy or vision loss due to occupational hazards such as exposure to organic solvents. Foci of research have centred on understanding how behavioural psychophysics can be used to assess  the vision and progression of eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetes, AMD and retinitis pigmentosa or vision loss due to occupational hazards such as exposure to organic solvents. Current research emphasises the development and refinement of ability to assess contrast and colour sensitivity losses and their impact on complex behaviours which rely on these inputs, such as driving, walking and falls. One tool is the UNSW Colour Vision Suite (available on the iOS app store - see https://itunes.apple.com/mn/app/unsw-colour-vision-suite/id1436464364?mt=8), developed in conjunction with Dr Lakshmi Bodduluri, Emeritus Professor Stephen Dain and Dr Malcolm Ryan (Department of Computing, Macquarie University).

How people with low vision interact with the built environment

Major national collaborators are Emeritus Prof. Stephen Dain (Optics and Radiatometry Laboratory, UNSW), Associate Professor Catherine Bridge (Faculty of the Built Environment), Associate Professor Gregg Suaning and Dr Marc Zapf (Australian Vision Prosthesis Group, UNSW), Associate Professor John Grigg (Save Sight Institute), Mark Relf (Access Consultant and Standards Australia committee member. The projects arising from these collaborations include how people with low vision interact with the built environment and how visual prostheses, such as the bionic eye, or building specifications may be used to improve this interaction. 

Low vision rehabilitation referral pathways, timing and accessibility

Dr Mei Ying Boon and Associate Professor Isabelle Jalbert have been working on ways to improve low vision rehabilitation referral pathways and timing using Australia as a model. A large part of this work is focussed on injury prevention in older people with vision impairment so as to raise quality of life and function. Major collaborators are Dr Byoung Sun Chu (Visiting Fellow, UNSW) and Assoc. Prof. Catherine Bridge (Faculty of the Built Environment, UNSW).

Vision training and plasticity of the visual system

This research aims to understand normal and abnormal visual development, particularly in relation to amblyopia, the treatment response and visual system plasticity, with the aim of improving vision. 

 

Current Student Projects (PhD, Masters and Honours)

  • Cortical processing in refractive amblyopic children who are responders and non-responders to refractive treatment.
  • Cortical processing in amblyopic children in response to treatment. 
  • Visual health in children with and without type 1 diabetes
  • Understanding patient perspective about timing of referrals for low vision rehabilitation
  • Relative rates of visual function development over the lifespan
  • Games for visual health, colour vision assessment, convergence training, mobility assessment

Supervision Opportunities/Areas

Please contact Dr Boon to find out more about research opportunities. 

 

TEACHING & OUTREACH

 

Courses I teach

  • Low vision
  • Dispensing
  • Ageing and development of the visual system

 

Professional affiliations and service positions

  • Senior Lecturer, Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW
  • Director, Optics and Radiometry Laboratory
  • International Organisation for Standardisation, Australian representative
  • Australian Standards Committee, Spectacles
  • Vision2020 representative
  • Member of the Optometrists Association Australia
  • Registered optometrist in Australia
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry
  • Member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Member of the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology and Vision

 

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS 

  • UNSW Goldstar Award, 2008, 2015
  • ISCEV travel grant, Glasgow, 2005
  • Journal of Teaching Practice Award, Singapore Polytechnic, 2000
  • Young Investigator Award - Merit (Optometry/Paraclinical) at the 2000 Singapore National Eye Research Meeting in association with the 34th Singapore-Malaysia congress of Medicine/Combined Hospitals Medical and Dental Scientific Meeting

Publications

Book Chapters
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Boon MY; Dain SJ, 2015, 'The development of color vision and of the ability to appreciate color in picturebooks', in Learning from Picturebooks: Perspectives from Child Development and Literacy Studies, pp. 71 - 95,
2015
Boon M, 2011, 'Enlargement and low vision aids', in Junghans BM; Dalon H (ed.), Compendium of low vision learning activities from around the world, edn. 1st, Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Strawberry Hills, pp. 8 - 17
2011
Conference Papers
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Boon MY; Asper L; Jiao N; Ryan M, 2018, 'Vision training; Comparing a novel virtual reality game of snakes with a conventional clinical therapy', in 2017 IEEE Life Sciences Conference (LSC), IEEE, Sydney, Australia, pp. 43 - 46, presented at IEEE Life Sciences Conference 2017, Sydney, Australia, 13 December 2017 - 15 December 2017,
2018
Knopf NA; Boon MY; Suaning GJ; Zapf MP H; Grigg J, 2018, 'Initial mobility behaviors of people with visual impairment in a virtual environment using a mixed methods design', in Life Sciences Conference (LSC), 2017 IEEE, IEEE, Sydney, Australia, pp. 153 - 156, presented at IEEE Life Sciences Conference 2017, Sydney, Australia, 13 December 2017 - 15 December 2017,
2018
Zapf MP H; Boon MY; Lovell NH; Suaning GJ, 2015, 'Assistive peripheral prosthetic vision AIDS perception and mobility in outdoor environments: A virtual-reality simulation study', in Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS, pp. 1638 - 1641,
2015
Lukman A; Bridge C; Dain S; Boon MY, 2014, 'Developing perception-based criteria of inclusive (architectural) design', in Assistive Technology Research Series, pp. 109 - 118,
2014
Conference Abstracts
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Oberstein SL; Boon M-Y; Chu BS; Wood JM, 2016, 'Does wearing a bioptic telescope improve visual recognition while driving?', in INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE, ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC, Seattle, WA, Vol. 57, presented at Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Research-in-Vision-and-Ophthalmology (ARVO), Seattle, WA, 01 May 2016 - 05 May 2016,
2016
Bodduluri L; Dain SJ; Hameed S; Verge CF; Boon M-Y, 2016, 'Visual functions and retinal thickness in children with type 1 diabetes mellitus', in INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE, ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC, Seattle, WA, Vol. 57, presented at Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Research-in-Vision-and-Ophthalmology (ARVO), Seattle, WA, 01 May 2016 - 05 May 2016,
2016
Conference Posters
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Riazi A; Boon M; Dain SJ; Bridge C, 2009, 'Maintaining function with a diagnosis of severe macular degeneration: A case report showcasing innovative adaptive strategies', UNSW, presented at Disability Studies Conference, UNSW, 26 June 2009 - 27 June 2009
2009
Riazi A; Dain SJ; Boon M; Bridge C, 2009, 'Functional vision in patients with macular degeneration', Fort- Lauderdale, U.S.A., presented at 12th Annual Vision Research Conference, Mechanism of Macular Degeneration, Fort- Lauderdale, U.S.A., 01 May 2009 - 02 May 2009
2009
Conference Presentations
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Jamous K; Boon M; Jalbert I, 2011, 'Assessing severity of visual impairment by postal questionnaire using a self-test vision chart', presented at 10th International Conference on Low Vision, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20 February 2011 - 24 February 2011
2011
Khuu SK; Boon M; Jimenez Barbosa I, 2011, 'Modification of the neurotoxic symptoms questionnaire Q16 and visual function evaluation', presented at International Semina, Bogota Colombia, -
2011
Riazi A; Boon M; Dain SJ, 2011, 'Functional vision and visual field loss in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD)', presented at Congress of Ophthalmology, Iran, 01 January 2011
2011
Journal articles
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Yap TP; Luu CD; Suttle CM; Chia A; Boon MY, 2019, 'Electrophysiological and psychophysical studies of meridional anisotropies in children with and without astigmatism', Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, vol. 60, pp. 1906 - 1913,
2019
2019, 'Luminance Contrast of Accessible Tactile Indicators for People With Visual Impairment', Ergonomics in Design,
2019
2019, 'Electrophysiological and psychophysical studies of meridional anisotropies in children with and without astigmatism', Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, vol. 60, pp. 1906 - 1913,
2019
Lukman AL; Bridge C; Dain SJ; Boon MY, 2019, 'Luminance Contrast of Accessible Tactile Indicators for People With Visual Impairment', Ergonomics in Design,
2019
Bodduluri L; Boon MY; Ryan M; Dain SJ, 2018, 'Normative values for a tablet computer-based application to assess chromatic contrast sensitivity', Behavior Research Methods, vol. 50, pp. 673 - 683,
2018
2018, 'Comparing spectacle and toric contact lens prescribing trends for astigmatism', Clinical Optometry, vol. 10, pp. 119 - 127,
2018
Chu BS; Boon MY; Noh DH, 2018, 'Comparing spectacle and toric contact lens prescribing trends for astigmatism', Clinical Optometry, vol. 10, pp. 119 - 127,
2018
Bodduluri L; Boon MY; Ryan M; Dain SJ, 2017, 'Impact of Gamification of Vision Tests on the User Experience', Games for Health Journal, vol. 6, pp. 229 - 236,
2017
Bodduluri L; Boon MY; Dain SJ, 2017, 'Evaluation of tablet computers for visual function assessment', Behavior Research Methods, vol. 49, pp. 548 - 558,
2017
Sanfilippo PG; Chu BS; Bigault O; Kearns LS; Boon MY; Young TL; Hammond CJ; Hewitt AW; Mackey DA, 2016, 'Response: Cycloplegia in refraction: age and cycloplegics', Acta Ophthalmologica, vol. 94, pp. e373,
2016
2016, 'Response: Cycloplegia in refraction: age and cycloplegics', Acta Ophthalmologica, vol. 94, pp. e373,
2016
Boon MY; Henry BI; Chu BS; Basahi N; Suttle CM; Luu C; Leung H; Hing S, 2016, 'Fractal Dimension Analysis of Transient Visual Evoked Potentials: Optimisation and Applications', PLoS One, vol. 11,
2016
Oberstein SL; Boon MY; Chu BS; Wood JM, 2016, 'Views and practices of Australian optometrists regarding driving for patients with central visual impairment.', Clinical and Experimental Optometry, vol. 99, pp. 476 - 483,
2016
Zapf MP H; Boon MY; Lovell NH; Suaning GJ, 2016, 'Assistive peripheral phosphene arrays deliver advantages in obstacle avoidance in simulated end-stage retinitis pigmentosa: A virtual-reality study', Journal of Neural Engineering, vol. 13,
2016
Boon MY; Chu BS; Lee PC; Chiang TJ; Alshamli N; Alghamdi W; Lai J; Yeung W; Bridge C, 2015, 'Perceptions of Older People Regarding Their Vision and Incident Causation', Optometry and Vision Science,
2015
Zapf MP H; Boon MY; Matteucci PB; Lovell NH; Suaning GJ, 2015, 'Towards an assistive peripheral visual prosthesis for long-term treatment of retinitis pigmentosa: evaluating mobility performance in immersive simulations', Journal of Neural Engineering, vol. 12,
2015
Barbosa IA J; Boon MY; Khuu SK, 2015, 'Exposure to organic solvents used in the dry cleaning affects the perception of global form and motion', PLoS One, vol. 10,
2015
Boon MY; Chu BS; Lee PC; Chiang TJ; Alshamli N; Alghamdi W; Lai J; Yeung W; Bridge C, 2015, 'Perceptions of Older People Regarding Their Vision and Incident Causation', Optometry and Vision Science, vol. 92, pp. 995 - 1002,
2015
Jamous KF; Jalbert I; Kalloniatis M; Boon MY, 2014, 'Australian general medical practitioner referral pathways for people with different ocular conditions', Clinical and Experimental Optometry, vol. 97, pp. 152 - 159,
2014
Jamous KF; Jalbert I; Kalloniatis M; Boon MY, 2014, 'Australian general medical practitioner referral pathways for people with different ocular conditions', Clinical and Experimental Optometry, vol. 97, pp. 152 - 159,
2014
Sanfilippo PG; Chu B-S; Bigault O; Kearns LS; Boon M-Y; Young TL; Hammond CJ; Hewitt AW; Mackey DA, 2014, 'What is the appropriate age cut-off for cycloplegia in refraction?', Acta Ophthalmologica, vol. 92, pp. e458 - e462,
2014
Jamous KF; Kalloniatis M; Boon MY; Jalbert I; Zangerl B, 2014, 'The short-sighted perspective of long-term eye health-care', Clinical and Experimental Optometry, vol. 97, pp. 565 - 567,
2014
Jamous KF; Jalbert I; Kalloniatis M; Boon MY, 2014, 'Australian optometric and ophthalmologic referral pathways for people with age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma', Clinical and Experimental Optometry, vol. 97, pp. 248 - 255,
2014
Marmamula S; Ravuri CS L V; Boon MY, 2013, 'Erratum: A cross-sectional study of visual impairment in elderly population in residential care in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh: A crosssectional study (BMJ Open (2013) 3 (e002576))', BMJ Open, vol. 3,
2013
Riazi A; Boon MY; Dain SJ; Bridge C, 2013, 'Coping strategies may not be reflected by simulated performance-based measures of functional ability', Journal of Optometry, vol. 6, pp. 101 - 108,
2013
Marmamula S; Ravuri CS L V; Boon MY; Khanna RC, 2013, 'A cross-sectional study of visual impairment in elderly population in residential care in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh: A cross-sectional study', BMJ Open, vol. 3, pp. Article numbere002576,
2013
Abdullah SN; Vaegan ; Boon MY; Maddess T, 2012, 'Contrast-response functions of the multifocal steady-state VEP (MSV)', Clinical Neurophysiology, vol. 123, pp. 1865 - 1871,
2012
Khuu SK; Boon M; Jimenez Barbosa I, 2012, 'The effect of neurotoxicity on the visual function of dry cleaners', Ciencia & tecnología para la salud visual y ocular
2012
Abdullah SN; Aldahlawi N; Rosli Y; Vaegan ; Boon MY; Maddess T, 2012, 'Effect of contrast, stimulus density, and viewing distance on multifocal steady-state visual evoked potentials (MSVs).', investigative ophtalmology and vison science, vol. 53, pp. 5527 - 5535,
2012
Wood JM; Lacherez P; Black AA; Cole MH; Boon MY; Kerr GK, 2011, 'Risk of falls, injurious falls, and other injuries resulting from visual impairment among older adults with age-related macular degeneration', Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci., vol. 52, pp. 5088 - 5092,
2011
Boon MY; Chan KY; Chiang J; Milston R; Suttle C, 2011, 'EEG alpha rhyths and transient chromatic and achromatic pattern visual evoked potentials in children and asults', Documenta Ophthalmologica, vol. 122, pp. 99 - 113,
2011
Khuu SK; Boon M; Jimenez Barbosa I, 2011, 'Modified Q16 neurotoxic symptoms questionnaire', Ciencia & tecnología para la salud visual y ocular, vol. 9, pp. 19 - 37
2011
Bokhary K; Boon M; Suttle C; Alotaibi A; Stapleton F, 2011, 'ASSESSMENT OF VISION-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE IN SCHOOL-AGE AMBLYOPIC CHILDREN IN SAUDI ARABIA USING THE UNSW-KSU CHILDREN'S VISION FOR LIVING SCALE', CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL OPHTHALMOLOGY, vol. 39, pp. 80 - 80,
2011
Bokhary K; Boon M; Suttle C; O'connor R; Alotaibi A; Stapleton F, 2011, 'DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION OF THE UNSW-KSU CHILDREN VISION FOR LIVING SCALE TO ASSESS VISION-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE FOR SCHOOL-AGE AMBLYOPIC CHILDREN IN SAUDI ARABIA', CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL OPHTHALMOLOGY, vol. 39, pp. 75 - 76,
2011
Riazi A; Dain SJ; Boon MY; Bridge C, 2011, 'Innovative strategies for adaptation to loss of vision', Clinical and Experimental Optometry, vol. 94, pp. 98 - 102,
2011
Riazi A; Boon MY; Dain SJ; Bridge C, 2010, 'Difficulties in reading small print materials on today's home appliances for people with visual impairment', i-CREATe 2010 - International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology
2010
Boon M; Suttle CM; Henry BI; Dain SJ, 2009, 'Dynamics of chromatic visual system processing differ in complexity between children and adults', Journal of Vision, vol. 9, pp. 1 - 17,
2009
Boon MY; Suttle CM; Henry BI; Dain SJ, 2009, 'Dynamics of chromatic visual system processing differ in complexity between children and adults', Journal of Vision, vol. 9,
2009
Boon MY; Henry BI; Suttle CM; Dain SJ, 2008, 'The correlation dimension: A useful objective measure of the transient visual evoked potential?', Journal of Vision, vol. 8, pp. 1 - 21,
2008
Boon MY; Suttle CM; Dain SJ, 2007, 'Transient VEP and psychophysical chromatic contrast thresholds in children and adults', Vision Research, vol. 47, pp. 2124 - 2133,
2007
Mei YB; Suttle CM; Henry B, 2005, 'Estimating chromatic contrast thresholds from the transient visual evolved potential', Vision Research, vol. 45, pp. 2367 - 2383,
2005
Boon M; Suttle CM, 2004, 'Estimating chromatic contrast thresholds from the transient visual evoked potential', Perception, vol. 33, pp. 58 - 58,
2004
Boon MY; Chan KL; Ng YY; Ong KB; Ang CT, 2000, 'Towards an effective strategy for extended storage of contact lenses in hotter climates', Optometry and Vision Science, vol. 77, pp. 217
2000