Volunteer in our Research Studies

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

Melatonin Concentration and Ocular Biometric Rhythms in Adults

  • Healthy 18-35 year olds (e.g. No hypertension or diabetes)
  • Good vision (Best corrected visual acuity of 20/20 or better)
  • No ocular diseases or history of eye surgery
  • Willing to stay in the clinic for overnight measurements
  • Not using melatonin or any pharmalogical sleep aids
  • No jet lag during last month
  • Not pregnant
  • Not a current smoker

So, What happened to UNSW Vision Science Graduates?

  • Have graduated with an award in Vision Science from UNSW, such as the BSc (Vision Science), B. Vision Science and B. Advanced Science (Vision Science)
  • Would like to report on your experiences in Vision Science at UNSW and your career path following graduation
  • Have opinions as to how well Vision Science at UNSW has prepared its graduates for employment and developed appropriate employability and work-ready skills
  • Have suggestions regarding possible changes to the UNSW Vision Science curriculum to make its graduates more employable and career-ready for the current and future labour market. 

Are you suffering from eye allergies? 

Assessment of the eye's response during ocular allergy

  • Are aged 12 years or older
  • Have experienced eye allergy symptoms especially itching or hay fever symptoms or have a prior diagnosis of hayfever, nasal or eye allergies (allergic group)
  • Or do not have experience of eye allergy symptoms especially itching and hay fever symptoms and no prior diagnosis of hay fever, nasal or eye allergies (control group)
  • You do not wear contact lenses more than 2 times a week
  • You do not have any other known eye diseases or previous eye surgery
  • Your eligibility will be assessed through a combination of an eligibility questionnaire and an allergy test (consent required)

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 Maria Markoulli

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

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 

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


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

The Impact of Intense Pulsed Light on Contact Lens Discomfort

  • Aged over 18 years of age
  • Current contact lens wearer with contact lens discomfort 
  • Have not tanned in the past 4 weeks
  • Are not pregnant or nursing
  • Do not have any systemic diseases that affect ocular health
  • Have not had any surgery to your eyes within the last 12 weeks
  • Do not take ocular medication of category S3 and above
  • Do not have skin cancer or pigment lesions around your eyes

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


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

How do your Child's Eyes Feel?

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