Vaegan Seminar: Professor Helen Swarbrick: The changing shape of orthokeratology: myopia correction to myopia control

Friday, 19 May, 2017 - 16:00


Professor Helen Swarbrick from SOVS will give a lecture to staff, students, colleagues and general public on Friday 19 May 2017 from 4pm - 5pm. Her lecture is titled "The changing shape of orthokeratology: myopia correction to myopia control".  All welcome to attend!

Relevant details are as follows:

Date: Friday 19 May 2017

Time: 4pm - 5pm

Location: School of Optometry and Vision Science AOP Seminar Room, Level 2 Room 2.030, North Wing, Rupert Myers Building, Gate 14 Barker Street UNSW Sydney NSW 2052

Presenter: Professor Helen Swarbrick

Title of talk: The changing shape of orthokeratology: myopia correction to myopia control

Abstract: This broad-ranging presentation will discuss the most important and relevant aspects of orthokeratology (OK) since its inception in the 1960s through to the promises and challenges of this new modality in the 21st century. Information presented will be based on both clinical realities and scientific research, to emphasize the intellectual grounding of the modality as well as its practical application in optometric practice.

Key issues that will be discussed include the clinical development of modern overnight OK, the physical and physiological basis for the refractive effects of OK, and the implications of this knowledge in terms of safety of the modality. The application of OK as a means for correcting refractive error, including low and high myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia and astigmatism, will be summarized. Finally the efficacy of OK for control of myopic progression in children will be discussed in detail, including the emerging challenges of harnessing the promise of this modality for myopia control into the future.

Short Biography: Professor Helen Swarbrick gained her optometric qualifications in New Zealand and spent eight years in private optometric practice in New Zealand and England. After 11 years at the CCLRU in Sydney, in 1995 Professor Swarbrick joined the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW, with responsibility for contact lens education. Professor Swarbrick’s primary research interest is the corneal response to orthokeratology for the correction of refractive errors, and its role in myopia progression and control. Recent research has aimed to develop a greater understanding of the visual and optical effects of orthokeratology. Professor Swarbrick has attracted consecutive Linkage Project research grants from the Australian Research Council (2004, 2007, 2010 and 2014) to conduct research in various aspects of orthokeratology. She has published widely on orthokeratology and other contact lens-related topics in the international scientific literature and has presented many talks at national and international conferences. In 2012 she was honoured with awards from the Orthokeratology Society of Oceania and the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia in recognition of her contributions to research and teaching in the contact lens field, and specifically in orthokeratology.