Seeking Volunteers

Would you like to participate in our research studies?  UNSW's School of Optometry and Vision Science is currently looking for volunteers to assist with their research projects. 

Current Studies

The study might be a good fit for you if you meet the following criteria

Impact of the BHVI Virtual Refractor on refraction ability in novice optometry students

  • Over the age of 18
  • Are enrolled in the second year of a Bachelor of Science (Vision Science) degree at UNSW
  • Have not previously completed any course that teaches basic refraction principles
  • Have not had prior refraction training or clinical refraction experience
  • Have not used the Brien Holden Vision Institute Virtual Refractor tool before

Dose response measurements of low dose atropine eye drops over time

  • Normal general and ocular health
  • Adults aged 18-40
  • No allergy to atropine or preservatives in eye drops such as benzalkonium chloride (BAK)
  • No history or risk of glaucoma

Exclusion criteria:

  • Atropine eye drop use within 2 weeks prior to study enrolment
  • Any eye diseases including inflammation, infection or allergy
  • History of allergic reactions to eye medications
  • Risk of glaucoma
  • Currently using any eye medications or systemic monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
  • Women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding 

Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Macular Degeneration

  • Over the age of 18
  • Have been diagnosed with macular degeneration or identifies as a person who has macular degeneration
  • Able to speak and understand English

Evaluation of the Clinical Performance of Multifocal Orthokeratology Lenses in Young Healthy Adults

  • Aged between 18 and 40 years
  • Have refractive error between +2.50 and -6.0D (parts 1 and 2); between -2.00 and -5.0D (part 3); corneal toricity <1.50D (all parts); refractive error difference of <0.75D between eyes.
  • No strabismus or amblyopia
  • No history of rigid contact lens wear, and no contraindications for rigid lens wear
  • Soft contact lens wearers willing to discontinue lens wear for at least 24 hours before participation
  • Good ocular health with no history of trauma or surgery, no ocular pathology or active ocular surface disease
  • Good general health and no medications which may influence ocular health
  • Willing and able to comply with the treatment and follow-up schedule

The effect of orthokeratology contact lens wear on limbal stem cells

  • Healthy males and females aged 18-40 years
  • Have short sightedness between -0.75D to -6.00DS and less than -1.50DC of corneal astigmatism
  • No previous rigid contact lens wear
  • Occassional soft contact lens wear (3 days or less of daily lens wear per week, or one day or less of overnight lens wear per week)
  • No ocular or general health problems that would interfere with contact lens wear
  • No ocular or systemic medication use that will interfere with contact lens wear or ocular surface health
  • No previous history of ocular surgery, trauma or chronic ocular disease 

Can your Peripheral vision be altered by different orthokeratology lens designs

  • Aged 18-40 years
  • Have short sightedness between -1.00D and -6.00d and less than -1.50D of corneal astigmatism
  • Have good ocular and general health
  • No contraindictions for rigid contact lens wear and have not previously worn rigid contact lenses

Dose response measurements of low dose atropine eye drops over time

  • Adults aged 18-40 years
  • Normal general and ocular health
  • No allergy to atropine or preservatives in eye drops such as benzalkonium chloride (BAK)
  • No histroy or risk of glaucoma

  Exclusion criteria:

  • Atropine eye drop use within 2 weeks prior to study enrolment
  • Any eye diseases including inflammation, infection or allergy
  • History of allergic reaction to eye medications
  • Risk of glaucoma
  • Currently using any eye medications or system monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
  • Women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding

A comparison of two instruments for measuring the evaporation rate of the tear film

  • Are between the ages of 18 and 40 (inclusive)
  • Do not wear contact lenses, do not have a history of dry eye or need to use eye drops for any reason
  • Do not use eyelid warming, eyelid hygiene or massage techniques
  • Are in good health and don't use any anti-acne, anti-allergy or immune system medications which can affect the tear film
  • Have not had eye surgery
  • Have no known allergies to Vaseline
  • Are not pregnant or breast-feeding (if female) 

Microbial contamination on the back surface of soft contact lenses in two short-term, randomized, contralateral non-dispensing studies

  • 18 years or older and an experience soft contact lens wearer
  • Are willing to refrain from wearing contact lenses for 24 hours prior to the study visits
  • Have not had eye surgery within the last 12 weeks
  • Are not pregnant or lactating

Do bacteria on eyelids and contact lenses affect ocular comfort?

  • 18 years and over, and proficent in English.
  • Usually wear, or have previously worn in the past 6 months, soft contact lenses.
  • Have a current pair of spectacles that adequately correct vision when not wearing contact lenses.
  • Willing to not wear contact lens for 24 hours prior to participating in the study, and willing to not use any ocular lubricants/tear supplements on the day of the study.
  • Willing to follow standard practice and precautions during contact lens wear including not swimming, showering or sleeping in lenses while in the study.
  • Have not been diagnosed with any eye conditions that currently prevents from safely wearing contact lenses.
  • Achieve an acceptable lens fitting with the study contact lenses.

Accommodation function differences between low and moderate myopes with contact lens

  • Age in complete years ranging from 18 to 35 yeras, male or female
  • Vison of 20/30 or better with or without correction
  • Spherical equivalent ranging from -1.00D to -3.00D (low myopia) -3.25D to 5.25D (moderate myopia) and astigmatism less than 0.75D in either eye
  • Have ocular health findings consdidered to be "normal" and suitable for contact lens wear
  • Spherical equivalent difference between two eyes less than 1.00D

Comparison of tear proteomics between patients with glaucoma and healthy subjects

  • Are 40 years or older, and be proficient in English
  • Are healthy with no systemic disease
  • Are not pregnant or lactating
  • Have either healthy eyes diagnosed with any type of glaucoma in one or both eyes (with no other ocular conditions)
  • Have no history of ocular surface disease, injury, surgery, recent or current infection of the eyes

Influence of posture and gaze position on optical prescription of musicians

  • Are above the age of 18 years of age
  • Play in an orchestra or are a performing musician
  • Do not have any ocular diseases such as keratoconus
  • Currently play in an orchestra and have played an instrument for at least 2 years
  • You speak english

How do fish affect your eyes?

  • Are 18 years of age or over and have symptoms of dry eye
  • Have not used dietary supplements containing any polyunsaturated fatty acids such as fish oil, evening primrose oil or linseed oil in the last 12 weeks
  • Have no known allergies to any of the study product ingredients
  • Have not had eye surgery in the last 6 months, do not currently wear contact lenses and have not worn contact lenses in the last 30 days
  • Have not used any category S3 eye medicaiton or medications that can affect the eyes (including anti-histamines) in the last 12 weeks
  • Do not have epilepsy or migraines exacerbated by strobe-like flashing lights
  • Are willing to ingest the study capsules as instructed and comply with the study visit schedule

Effects of low dose topical 0.01% atropine eye drops with and without BAK

  • Are aged between 18 and 40 years
  • Have normal eye and general health
  • Have normal vision
  • Have no allergies to atropine
  • Are not taking any monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) and any eye medications
  • Do not wear contact lenses

Regional corneal thickness variations in eyes with keratoconus

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Had no prior eye injury or surgery
  • Have no ocular disease excluding keratoconus
  • Have good general health
  • Do not sleep in contact lenses

The effect of estrogen on the tearfilm

  •  Are a female, 50 years or older

Manuka honey and dry eye - does manuka honey affect the tear film

 

  • 18 years of age or older
  • In good general health
  • Sujectively experiencing dry eye symptoms (e.g. burning, irritation or discomfort)
  • If you are a soft contact lens wearer: willing to discontinue contact lens wear for 1 week before first visit and continue to do so until the conclusion of the study (approximately 1 month duration)
  • Willing to discontinue use of any previous dry eye treatment methods used before the study, throughout the study
  • Willing to maintain your usual diet for for the duration of the study, or to notify the study investigators if instructed to change your diet by a health/medical practitioner

Evaluation of neuromediators and sugar alcohols in tears of people with diabetes

  • Are 18 or above years of age
  • Have normal, healthy eyes no history of ocular surgery, injury, recent or current infection)
  • Have adequate understanding of the English language
  • Are not pregnant or lactating
  • Have been diagnosed with diabetic peripheral neuropathy OR do not have diabetic peripheral neuropathy
  • No allergy to eye drops
  • No history of ocular (eye) herpes infection