Dry eye is increasingly common in the aging population, affecting 500,000 individuals in Australia. Various factors influence the occurrence of symptoms of dry eye, which are especially common in post-menopausal women and contact lens wearers. Obesity, LASIK surgery and allergy may also be relevant.
The ANT group at the School of Optometry and Vision Science is continuing research in these areas to understand the mechanisms of dry eye disease, specifically through the exploration of the roles of the tear proteome and neuropeptides, sex hormones and dietary supplementation in the modulation of dry eye.
We have opportunities for higher degree research in these areas. Please contact the Postgraduate Research Director for further information.