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

Optometrists' Perspectives of Continuing Education or Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Are 18 years and over
  • Are an optometrist registered for practice in Australia

The impact of probiotics and prebiotics on dry eye disease  

  • Are aged over 18 years
  • Have reported dry eye signs and symptoms within the past three months
  • Do not have any systemic or auto-immune diseases
  • No previous probiotic or fermented product intake in the last three months
  • Are willing to provide written informed consent and likely to comply with the consuming probiotic product and clinical trial visit schedule
  • contact m.markoulli@unsw.edu.au

Microbial Contamination on the back surface of soft contact lenses in short term, randomised, contralateral non-dispensing studies

  • 18 years or older
  • Experienced soft lens wearer
  • Are willing to refrain from wearing lenses for 24 hours prior to the study visits

The Effectiveness and User Acceptibility of Adaptive Learning for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Optometry

  • An Optometrist
  • 18 years old or over

Study Evaluating AZR-MD-001 in Patients with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Evaporative Dry Eye Disease

  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Have evidence of meibomian gland obstruction in both eyes
  • Have reported dry eye signs and symptioms within the past 3 months
  • Are willing to discontinue systemic antihistamines or isotretinoin for at least 1 month; Anti-inflammatory treatments use for dry eye or MGD for at least two weeks prior to and during the study
  • Are willing to provide written informed consent and likely to complete the entire course of study according to instructions. 

Telomerase in Human Tears

  • are not a contact lens wearer
  • are aged over 18 years and younger than 30 years
  • Have healthy eyes
  • Are not taking oral or topical doxycycline or corticosteroids

Relationship of eye movements, decision making and eye-hand coordination in Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Aged between 18-65 years
  • Head Injury within past 12 months
  • Individuals without head injury
  • Normal vision with glasses and/or contact lenses
  • Have no eye diseases
  • Do not have seizures or neurological diseases
  • Not taking medications for any neurological disorders

How do your Child's Eyes Feel?

  • 6 -15 years of age
  • Able to understand English

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 

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

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

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