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We offer research programs for graduates of optometry and other sciences. Research for a Master of Science by Research (MSc) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) can be undertaken in a diverse range of areas and disciplines including clinical optometry, applied research and basic research.  

If you’re interested in pursuing higher degree research with the School of Optometry & Vision Science, then you will need to find a supervisor. SOVS has an excellent range of expertise across seven research groups. Among these are affiliated institutes; the Brien Holden Vision Institute and the Centre for Eye Health. 

Our primary research areas are in anterior segment and contact lenses, posterior segment in health and disease, optics and applied vision, vision science and public health optometry. Take some time to review the research areas and identify who you would like to have as a supervisor. Once you have selected a supervisor, check our admission requirements and submit an expression of interest.

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Contact lens related infection: epidemiology, microbiology and microbial pathogenesis, resistance to antimicrobials:

Associate Professor Nicole Carnt

Professor Lisa Keay

  • Dr Jerome Ozkan

Scientia Professor Fiona Stapleton

Dr Ajay Vijay

Professor Mark Willcox

Dr Muhammad Yasir

  • Dr Rajesh Kuppusamy  

Dr Parthasarathi Kalaiselvan

Dry eye: contact lens wear, innervation and symptoms, sex hormones:

Associate Professor Blanka Golebiowski

Professor Isabelle Jalbert

Associate Professor Maria Markoulli

Dr Simin Masoudi

Environmental effects on the ocular surface: climate, bushfire smoke, digital devices, smartphones: 

Myopia control incl. orthokeratology:.

  • Dr Pauline Kang
  • Dr Vinod Maseedupally  
  • Emeritus Professor Helen Swarbrick

Dr Kathleen Watt

Ocular surface disease: allergy, biomarkers, diabetes, keratoconus, obesity and nutrition:

Associate Professor Michele Madigan

Ocular therapeutics and drug delivery:

  Dr Jackie Tan-Showyin

  Professor Mark Willcox

Dr Rajesh Kuppusamy

Tear film biochemistry, ocular homeostasis and pathology 

Blue light blocking lenses, effects on visual and non-visual systems:.

Associate Professor Sieu Khuu

Emeritus Professor Stephen Dain

Dr Maitreyee Roy  

Functionalised nanoparticles as contrast agents for bio-imaging:

  Dr Maitreyee Roy

Optical coherence microscopy for ultrahigh-resolution 3D imaging:

Dr Maitreyee Roy

Professor Mark  Willcox

Binocular Vision

Development and maturation of the visual system, amblyopia, colour vision, digital devices (smartphones and computers), eye strain and dry eye:, low vision, visual rehabilitation, accident prevention – multisensory experience of self-motion.

Associate Professor Juno Kim  

Surface and Material Perception:

  Associate Professor Juno Kim

Visual electrophysiology, visual psychophysics, detection of brain abnormalities:

Visual processing:, access to eye care by asylum seeker and refugee communities in australia:.

Dr Kathleen  Watt

Ageing and road safety:

  Professor Lisa Keay

Dr Sharon Oberstein

Cost-effectiveness of cataract surgery:

Dr Jessie Huang-Lung

Cost-effectiveness of low vision services:

Epidemiology of eye injuries:, falls risk and low vision:, innovative models of eyecare delivery:.

  Professor Isabelle Jalbert

Mental health and low vision:

Quality of eye care, evidence-based practice, health systems research:, school vision screening:, use of alternative and complementary medicines:, barriers and enablers influencing eye care for older people receiving home care and residential aged care services:.

  Dr Sheela Kumaran

Quality of life item banks for age-related macular degeneration:

Professor Konrad Pseudovs

Macular disease social impact study;

Dr Sheela Kumaran

Quality of life impacts of non-strabismic, binocular vision, accommodation, and visual tracking disorders in children:

Amblyopia and strabismus-specific quality of life item banks for adults;, keratoconus-specific quality of life item banks:, ocular surface disease-specific quality of life item banks:, keratitis-specific quality of life item banks:.

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  • Item No Preview Available Investigating Diagnostic and Drug Efficacy Retinal Biomarkers in Parkinson’s Disease Tran, Katie Khanh Ngoc ( 2023-08 ) Given the eye is an embryological outpouching of the brain, there is growing interest in the characterisation of retinal biomarkers in neurodegenerative disease to better facilitate timely diagnosis and treatment. Recent studies report a number of visual symptoms in people living with Parkinson's disease (PD), lending evidence to support the need to prioritise non-motor manifestations of PD, given that some precede the onset of motor decline by years if not decades. The retina offers a unique opportunity to directly visualise structural and functional changes in neurons that occur with PD pathogenesis. The development of non-invasive and relatively inexpensive retinal assessment modalities such as optical coherence tomography (OCT) and electroretinography (ERG) has enabled clinicians and researchers to assess these in vivo changes in people living with PD and in animal models of PD. However, the pathological mechanisms underlying visual and retinal dysfunction in PD remain incompletely understood. The overarching aim of this thesis was to explore and investigate retinal changes in function and structure that occur in people living with PD and a Parkinson’s disease rodent model, and to consider if such in vivo measures are sensitive to acute levodopa (L-DOPA) treatment. Using the A53T transgenic (Tg) mouse model of alpha-synuclein (a-syn) overexpression, we demonstrate that the accumulation of phosphorylated (pSer129) a-syn in outer retinal layers was correlated with cone photoreceptor dysfunction and degeneration. We speculate that this association between pSer129 a-syn and dysfunction may be related to an underlying pathophysiology. Moreover, we show that acute L-DOPA treatment can dynamically ameliorate retinal deficits in function in A53T Tg animals. As a proof of principle in translation, we evaluate changes in retinal function and structure in clinical Parkinson's disease, before and after single doses of L-DOPA following partial washout conditions. While no ameliorative effects were observed post L-DOPA treatment in this pilot study, PD participants had altered cone photoreceptor function and structure compared to age-matched controls, as indicated by poorer colour vision performance, reduced macular visual field sensitivity, and attenuated light-adapted a-wave and b-wave amplitudes. Overall, this body of work deepens our understanding of outer retinal changes in function and structure, driven in part by abnormal a-syn deposition, that occur in Parkinson's disease. Collectively, these findings provide further insight into dopamine and alpha-synuclein interactions in the retina as well as highlighting the utility of outer retinal measures as effective biomarkers for future application to Parkinson’s disease medical research and drug discovery.

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  • Item No Preview Available Functional and structural adaptations to ageing and acute intraocular pressure elevation in mouse retina Lee, Pei Ying ( 2021 ) In response to stress, neurons undergo a series of adaptations, which include changes to their synapses, dendrites and eventually axons and cell bodies. One might presume that such stress responses help to prevent cell death, providing a window of time where recovery remains possible. As glaucoma is a disease of the ageing, it may be reasonable to suggest that older eyes somehow show poorer adaptations to stress or have reduced intrinsic abilities to detect pressure changes in their environment (e.g., via mechanosensitive channels such as transient receptor potential (TRP) channels), and thus less capacity to recover. Whilst support for these ideas can be gleaned from a range of studies in other systems including the central nervous system, there has been less work in this area in the context of glaucoma. The overarching aim of the thesis is to understand the functional and structural adaptations that occur in normal ageing, and to consider if such age-related changes modify the way that retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) cope with intraocular pressure (IOP) elevation. Using the mouse as a platform, it was possible to show that in normal ageing, there was a relative preservation of ganglion cell function despite an age-related decline in outer retinal responses. Age-related inner retinal functional adaptations were associated with increases in bipolar cell sensitivity to light and changes to RGC dendritic complexity. Ageing was also associated with slower recovery from a short period of controlled IOP elevation. IOP elevation resulted in smaller ON RGCs in both young and older mice. Importantly, analysis of RGC morphology showed that better functional recovery in younger eyes was associated with adaptations in OFF RGC dendrites, which was not observed in older eyes. The absence of RGC morphological adaptations following IOP elevation may account for the delayed recovery in older eyes. Furthermore, better ganglion cell functional recovery in younger eyes was also associated with TRPV4 upregulation in the ganglion cell layer. In contrast, there was TRPV4 downregulation in older eyes. Consistent with the importance of TRPV4 upregulation for recovery, inhibiting TRPV4 further worsened recovery in older eyes. This work advances our understanding of age-related functional and structural adaptations, providing insights into how normal function is maintained in ageing, with potential negative impacts on the capacity for RGCs to recover from IOP elevation.

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Digital eye strain and pupillary response to blue light


Upregulation of Gap Junction Connexins in Glaucoma


Diurnal Variations in Scotopic and Photopic Flash Electroretinogram

Retinal ganglion cell function in diabetes mellitus, development of a pediatric digital eye strain questionnaire.


Cognitive Demand, Concurrent Viewing Distance, and Digital Eye Strain


Effects of Test Flash Duration on the Photopic Negative Response (PhNR) of the Flash Electroretinogram


Accommodation over Time in Children Wearing Multifocal Soft Contact Lenses for Myopia Control


Regional Differences in the Relationship Between Retinal Structure and ON-OFF Pathway Function in Myopic Patients

Effects of scheduled breaks on digital eye strain and the 20-20-20 rule.


Effects of Gingko biloba on Systemic and Retinal Blood Circulation


Digital Eye Strain and Repeated Clinical Testing


The Relationship Between Meibomian Gland Morphology, Dry Eye Disease, and Electronic Device Use in Pediatric Patients


Complexity of mental geometry for 3D pose perception


Feasibility and applicability of a clinical assessment of both the ON and OFF pathways in patients with glaucoma and controls.


Effects Of Correcting Fixation Disparity On Digital Eye Strain


Gap Junctional Coupling between Retinal Amacrine and Ganglion Cells Underlies Coherent Spike Activity Integral to Global Object Perception


The Effect of Multifocal Contact Lenses on Accomodation and Phoria in a Pediatric Population


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Accommodation and intraocular pressure.

Supervisor: Gilmartin, B. (Supervisor) & Wolffsohn, J. S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis : Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Philosophy

A clinical evaluation of corneal endothelial cell density in patients wearing PMMA corneal contact lenses

Student thesis : Master's Thesis › Master of Philosophy

A collection of studies on the biometry of myopic and non-myopic eyes

Supervisor: Logan, N. S. (Supervisor) & Cubbidge, R. P. (Supervisor)

A comparison between static and kinetic visual attention as a means of detecting age-related deterioration of the visual system and driving performance

Supervisor: Dunne, M. C. (Supervisor)

A comparison of computer aided learning and traditional didactic lectures for teaching clinical decision making skills to optometry undergraduates

A comparison of single vision aspheric spectacle lenses for aphakia, a comparison of two fast threshold strategies, spark and sita in threshold perimetry.

Supervisor: Heitmar, R. (Supervisor) & Cubbidge, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis : Doctoral Thesis › Ophthalmic Doctorate

A critical evaluation of contrast susceptibility as a predictor of driving accident involvement

Advising modifiable lifestyle changes and public health: the role, knowledge, and education of uk optometrists.

Supervisor: Logan, N. (Supervisor) & Mellor, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis : Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Optometry

A longitudinal study of ocular biometry and vision-related quality of life in Singapore young adults

Supervisor: Sheppard, A. L. (Supervisor)

Ambulatory EEG monitoring in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and related disorders

Supervisor: Jeavons, P. (External person) (Supervisor) & Harding, G. F. A. (External person) (Supervisor)

Analysis of variables measured in the visual screening of University of Birmingham freshmen and a critical review of visual screening methods and approach

Student thesis : Master's Thesis › Master of Science (by Research)

An analysis of progressive addition spectacles lens design by the use of interferometry

An analysis of the impact of visual impairment on nutritional intake, activities of daily living and vision related quality of life in adults with vi.

Supervisor: Bartlett Eperjesi, H. E. (Supervisor), Cooke, R. (Supervisor) & Farrow, C. (Supervisor)

An assessment of the technique and clinical application of visual evoked response measurements

An evaluation of electrodiagnostic measures of hearing, an evaluation of the emergency macular assessment clinic (emac): referral, diagnosis and treatment outcomes.

Supervisor: Naroo, S. (Supervisor) & Shah, S. (Supervisor)

A new algorithm for the relationship between vision and ametropia

Supervisor: Dunne, M. C. (Supervisor) & Armstrong, R. A. (Supervisor)

An investigation into the relationship between pupil and accommodation responses during near vision

Supervisor: Gilmartin, B. (Supervisor)

An investigation of reading ability and visual function with eccentric visual field

An investigation of the pressaccidic spike potential.

Supervisor: Jones, L. (External person) (Supervisor) & Harding, G. F. A. (External person) (Supervisor)

An investigation to determine the influence of illumination sources on colour discrimination in normal subjects and smokers

Supervisor: Cubbidge, R. P. (Supervisor)

An optical study of human ocular dimensions

Supervisor: Barnes, D. A. (External person) (Supervisor)

Anterior segment anomalies and effects on visual quality

Supervisor: Naroo, S. A. (Supervisor) & Eperjesi, F. (Supervisor)

Application of digital image processing techniques to the photometric testing of vehicle headlamps

Application of naïve bayesian artificial intelligence to referral refinement of chronic open angle glaucoma, application of naïve bayesian sequential analysis to primary care optometry, aspects of tear fluid composition in hydrogel contact lens wear, aspects of tonic accommodation and tonic vergence, assessment of the oculomotor response in human factor environments.

Supervisor: Wolffsohn, J. S. (Supervisor)

A study of short latency photically evoked potentials in man

A study of some indicators of corneal metabolic activity in periods of contact lens wear, a study of the effects of orally administered female hormones on the volume and composition of lacrimal fluid related to the toleration of corneal contact lenses.

Supervisor: Sabell, A. G. (External person) (Supervisor)

A study of the somatosensory evoked potential in man using brain mapping techniques

Automated assessment of visual fields and their inter-relation to evoked potentials in visual disorders.

Supervisor: Harding, G. F. A. (External person) (Supervisor)

Autonomic dysfunction and systemic oxidative stress associated with glaucomatous optic neuropathy

Supervisor: Hosking, S. L. (Supervisor)

Behavioural correlates of ocular accomodation and the autonomic nervous system

Supervisor: Wolffsohn, J. S. (Supervisor) & Gilmartin, B. (Supervisor)

Bio-adhesive polymers containing liposomes for DED treatment

Supervisor: Davies, L. N. (Supervisor) & Wolffsohn, J. S. (Supervisor)

Biomechanical aspects of the anterior segment in human myopia

Biometric and physiological factors in human ocular perfusion, blood vessel diameter in glaucoma, cataract, macular characteristics and assessing lens opacities, changes in ocular refraction in the strabismic child: a longitudinal study, changes in tear film metrics and ocular signs induced by different types of refractive correction in an aging population.

Supervisor: Davies, L. N. (Supervisor), Wolffsohn, J. S. (Supervisor) & García-Lázaro, S. (External person) (Supervisor)

Characteristics of visual function in Asperger’s syndrome and the autism spectrum

Supervisor: Cubbidge, R. P. (Supervisor), Hosking, S. L. (Supervisor) & Seri, S. (Supervisor)

Clinical applications of the visual evoked potential: a comparative study of diffuse flash and pattern reversal stimulation

Clinical studies of spatial and temporal aspects of vision: an investigation using psychophysical and electrophysiological techniques.

Supervisor: Drasdo, N. (External person) (Supervisor)

Computer modelling of the actions of extraocular muscles

Contact lenses and sport.

Supervisor: Naroo, S. A. (Supervisor) & Wolffsohn, J. S. (Supervisor)

Contiguous visual and brain stem auditory evoked potential recordings of premature infants

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Master's Thesis: A Revolution in Vision Testing: The Ophthalmoscope and American Optometry

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2004, A Revolution in Vision Testing: The Ophthalmoscope and American Optometry

Some medical historians and even practitioners ascribe to the perception that technology, now an essential component of medicine, has to some extent contributed to impersonal care and to physicians trusting machinery over their own senses and intuition. Although the ophthalmoscope, invented in the nineteenth century, can represent the historical shift in medicine to scientific, objective methods, it helped modernize European and American ophthalmology and optometry. This instrument, “planted” in this country before the Civil War, elicited various responses as its use widened throughout the medical and paramedical ranks during the Progressive Era. The ophthalmoscope and other precise, noninvasive instruments advanced all aspects of eye care, including vision testing, and provided a scientific method of diagnosing and treating visual problems. Without the ophthalmoscope, optometrists would not have been able to defend before doubters their ability to handle the objective portion of vision testing and deliver the best care they knew how to give. Using Progressive Era-inspired rhetoric and organizational techniques, optometrists sought to win both the public’s and the medical community’s trust in order to be able to test vision and refer patients to physicians. These accomplishments legitimized and enriched the profession, preventing it from either being absorbed by ophthalmology or declining into a trade. This essay describes how the use of the ophthalmoscope prevailed and ultimately contributed to the growing acceptance of optometry as a professional specialization in eye care by both the public and the medical community especially during the Progressive Era, a pivotal time in the United States. It could be said that the use of the ophthalmoscope and a few other diagnostic instruments was a litmus test for the acceptance of truly modern, professional methods in the realm of eye care, and it ultimately did not contribute to a “dehumanized” vision test.

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The provision and funding of low-vision rehabilitation (LVR) are very variable across Canada. Quebec is well served by 14 government-funded rehabilitation centers. In most provinces, there are no such multidisciplinary services-optometrists offer LVR from their offices to a greater or lesser degree or undertake assessments in centers run by CNIB (formerly Canadian National Institute for the Blind). No integrated model for LVR exists across Canada. This document proposes such a model, which focuses on the profession of optometry, but may also be applicable to ophthalmology. This article describes different models of LV provision, the evidence for their relative effectiveness, the current situation in Canada, including the variability between areas and the need to increase referrals to LVR, and the current international consensus for LV provision. With the projected increase in people with LV, a generally accepted LV model for Canada is required to improve patient care. It has become ...

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Aim: To find out non-tolerance to spectacle in a busy community Optometric practice, with single practitioner. Objective: (1) T o the spectacle lenses are not dispensed as prescribed; (2) To estimate the type of spectacle lenses (spherical or spherocylindrical) are more often dispensed inaccurately. Methods: Spectacle non-tolerance was defined practically, as a patient who had collected spectacles from the practice and subsequently returned because they were either having problems with, or were unable to wear, their new spectacles. Patients over 16 years of age, who met the above definition of non-tolerance, were sequentially recruited over a 3 month period. Patients experiencing adaptation problems were first seen by a dispensing optician and any dispensing issues resolved. If the spectacle dispensing was felt to be correct, or if the non-tolerance persisted, then the patient was reexamined by an optometrist and the results analyzed. Results: Non-tolerance examinations accounted for 33 of the 165 (20%) eye examinations during the study period. Gender was not a factor in non-tolerance but age was the factor in non tolerance, presbyopes accounting for 31% and young adult accounting for 27%. The common reasons for non-tolerance were dispensing related (52%), prescription related (48%). Of prescription related errors major problem in over correction of myopia followed by under correction of hyperopia, convergence issue, inaccurate cylindrical axis, problems with the near/intermediate addition and binocular balancing. Conclusions: Spectacle prescription non-tolerance forms a small, but important, form of adverse reaction in optometry clinics. Most non-tolerances can be resolved by small changes, within 0.50 D, to the prescription.

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Leading vision research in seven areas

From dry eye to traumatic brain injury, our research solves vision problems that plague the nation and the world. Our research faculty are leaders in their respective fields, and they regularly publish articles and present their work at national and international conferences.

Explore our research areas

Anterior segment disorders and dry eye.

Injuries, allergies, inflammation, dry eye, corneal disorders, cataracts, and presbyopia can affect the eye’s ability to focus.  Our researchers are discovering new ways to detect, diagnose, and correct anterior segment disorders, both with and without contact lenses. 

Glaucoma and visual function

Our researchers are developing new methods to improve the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, a disease that affects 70 million people worldwide and is most severe in the elderly and in underserved populations.

Retinal disease

Our faculty are internationally known for their contributions to the science of retinal function and disease, retinal imaging technology, color vision, and visual processing. Their developments in preventing vision loss and blindness have the potential to save the vision of millions of people worldwide.

Clinical optics and myopia

Through cutting-edge clinical optics research, our faculty are improving the vision and clinical care of patients at our own clinics and around the world. We often work closely with the leading members of the contact lens and vision care industry to develop novel, improved optical designs and safer, more efficient contact lenses.

Low vision and mobility

Loss of peripheral vision, low vision, balance problems, and contrast sensitivity all affect a patient’s daily quality of life. Through research, we’re advancing visual rehabilitation methods for patients who are elderly, visually impaired, or blind.

Pediatric vision

Our research leads to earlier detection of pediatric eye problems, such as amblyopia (or “lazy eye”), and easier treatments for children and their parents. We are also working toward understanding and preventing permanent vision loss in children.

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The eyes are a window into concussions and other traumatic brain injuries, and our researchers are focused on diagnosing and managing those injuries before they cause significant damage.

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In addition to our individual successes in faculty research, we foster a collaborative research environment to accomplish the broadest scope of research with optimized research success and productivity.

For example, the Clinical Optics Research Lab (CORL) —dedicated to improving the vision and clinical care of patients through cutting-edge research—is a result of the efforts of several IU School of Optometry faculty members.

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Endothelium is critical for dehydrating the cornea and keeping it clear. With loss of its barrier and pump function, the cornea swells and corneal transplantation may be needed.

Changes in the number, shape and size of the cells may predict loss of function.

Key Research Question/Hypothesis 

Effect of drugs, surgery, devices, and preservation media on the endothelium.

Images of the endothelium captured with either a specular or confocal microscope that can take repeated pictures of the endothelial cells non-invasively in patients. Once images are captured, they can be analyzed with special software in the Cornea Image Analysis Reading Center (CIARC) of the Department.

Student learn these techniques working with both patients and technicians, depending on the project.

Ongoing projects.

Status of IRB/IACUC approval

Image analysis studies in CIARC approved; ongoing projects have IRB approval. If launching a new project, IRB approval will need to be obtained.

Prospects for Publishing and Presenting

Excellent; we have a long track record of publications in major journals and presentations at national and international conferences.

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Tanisha Rankins

Secretary to Dr. Jonathan Lass

Research Topic: Retinopathy of Prematurity and other Pediatric Studies

Effect of low birth weight on the eye’s development.

Data analysis, chart review.

Several ongoing projects—long-term data collection.

Current study has IRB approval. Any new studies will need IRB approval.

Excellent; the data base study has been presented at ARVO and is in preparation for publication in a major pediatric journal.

Dr. Faruk Orge

Research Topic: Cholesterol and function of the retina

Cholesterol is essential for life in mammal. Yet, if it is chronically in excess, it is a risk factor for cardiovascular and Alzheimer's disease and likely age-related macular degeneration.

To delineate the putative link between cholesterol and age-related macular degeneration.

Characterization of retinal function of mice deficient in different enzymes involved in cholesterol elimination. Animals are assessed by optical coherence tomography, electroretinography, fluorescein angiography and optomotor response.

Students learn these techniques working with post-doctoral researchers responsible for these projects.

All studies are approved by the IACUC.

Dr. Irina Pikuleva

Research Topic: Contact Lens Related Complications

Ongoing clinical trials related to corneal infiltrative events associated with daily or extended wear of soft contact lenses. Fungal and bacterial biofilm-contact lens models and susceptibility to contact lens care products.

Assessment of sub-clinical corneal inflammation with confocal microscopy. Assessment of bacterial endotoxin and relationship to infiltrative events with soft lenses.

  • Ocular and lens cultures for assessment of bioburden
  • Reading/Assessment of stored confocal images
  • Collection of worn lenses for biofilm formation
  • Lab Assays (in conjunction with Dr. Pearlman’s lab) for endotoxin on lens surfaces or within solution

Active approved IRB protocols exist for current clinical trials on infiltrative events, biofilm studies, and assays of previously collected lenses, tears and images.

Excellent chance for authorship on investigator initiated studies of biofilm and endotoxin assays. Listing of authors will follow standard publishing guidelines. 

Other corporate-funded work may or may not allow authorship.

Dr. Loretta Szcztoka-Flynn

Research Topic: Mechanisms of retinal degenerations

How do mutations in the light receptor rhodopsin cause retinal degenerations like retinitis pigmentosa? How does the retina protect against oxidative stresses that can lead to retinal degenerations such as retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration?

A multi-disciplinary approach is employed that includes biochemistry, molecular biology, animal models and biophysics.

All animal studies have approved IACUC protocols.

Excellent with track record of publications in major journals and presentations at national and international conferences.

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50 Thesis Topics in Ophthalmology to Know What to Write About

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Ophthalmology Thesis Topics: What Should They Be?

Thesis topics in ophthalmology should represent solid research in the sphere on the basis of strong evidence. While writing a thesis, one should pay attention to the statistical measures in the field to address the methods and techniques of solving difficult medical tasks. Thesis topics in ophthalmology are significant for the examination of the urgent topics on eye diseases and the discovery of the means of treating the eye conditions.

Ophthalmologists have long been engaged in eye treatment, the study of physiology, but in recent years, science has made a huge leap forward. Today, these doctors create new methods of treatment, conduct scientific activities, trying to find the causes of the development of various diseases, work with congenital and acquired pathologies.

Ophthalmology Research Data to Think Over

If we talk only about statistics in America , then 24, 4 million Americans suffer from cataracts. By the age of 75, this figure reaches half the total population of America of this age. Glaucoma, in turn, affects 2.7 million Americans over 40 years of age.

These figures determine the demand for ophthalmologists in the labor market and the popularity of training in the specialty “Ophthalmology”. Innovative techniques, modern scientific knowledge, and equipment today make it possible to cure eye diseases, which 10 or 15 years ago deprived patients of sight forever.

This is why medical students, encouraged to “ write my thesis for me ” on innovative ophthalmological treatments, engage in scientific activities starting from college. The successful writing of a dissertation is almost a guarantee of the high professionalism of the graduate and his readiness to help people maintain the ability to see the world. Below we have collected 50 topics of dissertations in ophthalmology. Choose the most interesting to prove that you have the right to call yourself a doctor and treat people.

To begin with, due to the negative impact of computers and laptops, the majority of individuals experience eye pain and dry eye condition. This might be an important topic for discussion since it is estimated that millions of adults suffer from the dry eye. The controversies in ophthalmology have arisen over a long time concerning the etiology of dry eye and experience of pain. The evidence from other fields shows that alterations in the central nervous system exacerbate the irritative symptoms and eye pain. Sometimes, the patient can complain about chronic pain syndrome that is characterized by systemic pain.

Dry eye disease occurs in 5% to 35% of the world population and is more present in females. The condition has severe consequences for life quality negatively influencing visual activity, productivity at work, social interaction, and physical functioning. The sources reveal that individuals with dry eyes of the moderate and severe degree have similar either social or psychological life as people experiencing angina of the same degree or those who made hospital dialysis. The dry eye condition is connected with the disorder of the tear film, meibomian glands, violation of normal ocular surface, and inflammation of the eye surface. The disease is accompanied by the huge discomfort, disturbance of tear film, and visual difficulties that might lead to the damage of the ocular surface. Patients suffering from dry eye disease have problems with focus because of the tear film osmolarity and ocular surface inflammation.

Corneal sensation remaining intact is essential to keep the healthy ocular surface as well as quality and quantity of tears because corneal nerves have the direct trophic impact on maintaining the corneal epithelium. Corneal confocal microscopy (CCM) might be used to reflect the cornea involving the sub-basal nerve layer in people with dry eye disease. As a matter of fact, the condition can be triggered by the majority of mechanisms that result in the ocular irritation; however, it is still not understood what is the cause of dry eyes when the tears are normally produced and the ocular surface is moist enough.

To conclude, the discordant dry eye appears because of the tear production discordance and ocular surface staining. The processes in the central nervous system are interchangeably connected with the severe symptoms of eye strain and ocular surface damage. Further research should be done to relieve the symptoms and find the adequate treatment of the disease.

50 Ophthalmology Dissertation Topics to Choose From

Feel free to check the following list of topics.

  • Surgical Treatment of Exophoria Complicated by Horizontal V-Syndrome;
  • Possibilities of Detecting Early Disturbances in Eye Hydrodynamics in Patients with Cataracts and Ocular Manifestations of Pseudoexfoliation Syndrome;
  • Ultrasound Biomicroscopy in the Diagnosis of Pathology of the Extreme Periphery of the Fundus;
  • Experimental Clinical Rationale for the Use of Nd: Yag Laser with a Wavelength of 1.44 Microns in the Technology of Anterior Capsulorhexis and Remote Hemostasis;
  • Medico-Technological System of Surgical Treatment of Progressive Keratectasia of Various Origins;
  • Subthreshold Micropulse Laser Treatment with a Wavelength of 577 Nm in the Treatment of Central Serous Chorioretinopathy;
  • The Clinical and Experimental Rationale for the Combined Use of Neodymium Ion 1.44 Microns and Helium-Neon 0.63 Microns Lasers in Cataract Surgery;
  • Yag-Laser Activation of Trabeculae in the Treatment of Patients with Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma;
  • The Study of the Effectiveness of Micropulse Laser Irradiation with a Wavelength of 577 Nm in Macular Edema After Surgical Removal of Idiopathic Epiretinal Membrane;
  • The Clinical and Experimental Rationale for Optimized Uv-Crosslinking Technology in the Treatment of Keratoconus;
  • Clinical And Laboratory Substantiation of the Use of Orthokeratology Lenses in Progressive Myopia in Children;
  • Optimization of Surgical Treatment of Retinal Vein Thrombosis Outcomes;
  • The Results of Surgical Correction of High Myopia with Anterior Chamber Phakic Intraocular Lenses;
  • The System of Treatment and Rehabilitation Activities in Patients with Paralytic (Paretic) Strabismus;
  • Surgical Treatment of Keratectasia of Various Origins by the Intrastromal Keratoplasty Method with Polymeric Corneal Segments;
  • Comparison of Spectral Optical Coherence Tomography and Confocal Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscopy in the Diagnosis of Primary Glaucoma;
  • Clinical and Functional Results of Surgical Treatment of Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachments Using the Method of Peri-Basal Vitrectomy;
  • The Modern System of Diagnostics, Treatment, and Organization of High-Tech Ophthalmic Care for Children with Active Stages of Retinopathy of Prematurity;
  • Limbal Co-Transplantation in the Prevention of Rejection of Donor Corneas in High-Risk Keratoplasty;
  • Vascular Disorders in the Anterior Part of the Eye at Different Stages of Pseudoexfoliation Syndrome;
  • Induction of Posterior Vitreous Detachment in the Surgical Treatment of Retinal Detachment;
  • Combined Phacoemulsification Method in Patients with Operated Glaucoma;
  • Features of the Quality of Life of Patients with Cataract and Glaucoma Before and After Surgical Treatment;
  • Ophthalmologic Diagnostics and Tactics of Treatment of Cranio-Orbital Injuries in the Acute Period of Traumatic Brain Injury;
  • Features of Pupillary Reactions and Regional Hemodynamics of the Eye in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus with Different Levels of Glycemia;
  • Prevention and Treatment of Corneal Lesions in Endocrine Ophthalmopathy;
  • Antibacterial Drugs in the Prevention of Complications of Cataract Phacoemulsification;
  • Possibilities for Stimulating the Secretion of Tears in Patients with Hypolacrimia in the “Dry” Eye Syndrome;
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Actinomycotic and Mycotic Diseases of the Lacrimal Ducts;
  • Study of the Clinical Efficacy of Diaphragm Glasses;
  • The Study of Sclera Rigidity In Healthy and Glaucomatous Eyes;
  • Clinical and Instrumental Diagnosis of Malignant Tumors of the Orbit;
  • Ophthalmotonus Biorhythms in Health and Glaucoma;
  • Clinical And Laboratory Diagnosis of Early Stages of Keratoconus;
  • The Clinical and Functional Rationale for the Tactics of Surgical Treatment with a Combination of Retinal Detachment with Lens Opacities;
  • Combined Surgical Treatment of Retinal Detachment in the Advanced Stage of Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy;
  • Mathematical, Experimental and Clinical Rationale for the Prevention and Correction of Corneal Astigmatism and Capsular Bag Pathology in Cataract Surgery;
  • The Method of Combined Treatment of Progressive Myopia;
  • Modification of Sinusotomy in the Treatment of Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma;
  • Optimization of Diagnosis and Surgical Treatment of Involutional Entropion of the Lower Eyelid;
  • Peripheral Vortical Dystrophies and Retinal Detachment in Pregnant Women: Diagnosis, Treatment, Choice of Method of Childbirth;
  • Indices of Intraocular Pressure of a Newborn Child Due to the Morphological Features of the Drainage System of the Eye at Different Periods of Gestation;
  • The Use of Silicone-Hydrogel Contact Lenses in the Treatment of Ulcerative Keratitis;
  • Prolonged Pharmacotherapy of Glaucomatous Optic Neuropathy;
  • Modern Aspects of Viscosurgery in Ophthalmology;
  • Current Possibilities for the Prevention and Treatment of a Blepharo Conjunctival Form of Dry Eye Syndrome of Demodectic Etiology;
  • An Experimental Study of the Effectiveness of Cell Transplantation in Post-Traumatic Pathology of the Retina;
  • Vitreoretinal Changes in Case of Eye Injury by Splintering;
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Optic Nerve Hypoplasia in Children;
  • Ocular Manifestations of Antiphospholipid Syndrome.

10 Resources to Find More Information on Ophthalmology Topics

Here are some scientific journals websites you may look through.

  • American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
  • Clinical Ophthalmology
  • Current Trends in Ophthalmology
  • Digital Journal of Ophthalmology
  • International Journal of Keratoconus and Ectatic Corneal Diseases
  • International Journal of Ophthalmology & Visual Science
  • IP International Journal of Ocular Oncology and Oculoplasty
  • Journal of Current Glaucoma Practice
  • Medical Hypothesis, Discovery, and Innovation in Ophthalmology
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology & Visual Neuroscience

5 References to Write an Ophthalmology Thesis

  • Bron, A. J., Tomlinson, A., Foulks, G. N., Pepose, J. S., Baudouin, C., Geerling, G., … & Lemp, M. A. (2014). Rethinking dry eye disease: a perspective on clinical implications. The ocular surface, 12(2), S1-S31.
  • Dry eye disease: risk factors and selecting treatment. (2015). The Pharmaceutical Journal. http://dx.doi.org/10.1211/pj.2015.20069420
  • Shtein, R. M., Harper, D. E., Pallazola, V., Harte, S. E., Hussain, M., Sugar, A & Clauw, D. J. (2016). Discordant dry eye disease (an American Ophthalmological Society thesis). Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society, 114.
  • Sullivan, B. D., Crews, L. A., Messmer, E. M., Foulks, G. N., Nichols, K. K., Baenninger, P., … & Lemp, M. A. (2014). Correlations between commonly used objective signs and symptoms for the diagnosis of dry eye disease: clinical implications. Acta ophthalmologica, 92(2), 161-166.
  • Yun, C., Kang, S., Kim, H., & Song, J. (2012). Prevalence of Dry Eye Disease among University Students. Journal Of The Korean Ophthalmological Society, 53(4), 505. http://dx.doi.org/10.3341/jkos.2012.53.4.505

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In the last years, the number of optometrists publishing research works in journals with high impact factor has increased significantly. However, this increase in the quantity of researchers in Optometry has not been accompanied by a growing number of scientific journals on Optometry. There is still the habit of sending scientific optometric manuscripts to high-factor Ophthalmology journals with the aim of obtaining a better recognition of the efforts performed by the researchers and achieving a more significant spreading of the scientific content. This facilitates the consolidation of a great amount of Ophthalmology journals, a growing number of journals in the field and subsequently a stagnation or even reduction of the impact factor of the limited number of scientific journals in Optometry 1 , 2 . Optometry researchers need recognized journals where reporting the outcomes of their investigations. This is one of the aims of Journal of Optometry , the scientific peer-reviewed publication of the Spanish General Council of Optometrists.

Several European journals on vision and Ophthalmology are currently available. Each year they published a lot of articles that show the results of Optometric investigations, such as the developments of new tests for measuring visual acuity or contrast sensitivity, the validation of several diagnostic devices that are mainly used by optometrists, epidemiologic studies about refractive errors, the characterization of ocular aberrations in different types of populations, changes in binocular vision after some refractive surgery treatments, or the analysis of the outcomes with specific types of contact lenses. All this research is the result of our knowledge, with or without the input of other scientific areas. Therefore, it seems more coherent to fit all this scientific content in Optometry journals. The problem arises when attempting to find an Optometry journal in Europe with impact factor. American and Australian institutions are the most productive centers of optometric research and receive the highest average number of citations/year 3 . Furthermore, the highest impact factor of Optometry journals corresponds to two journals from United States of America (USA) and New Zealand, respectively ( Optometry and Vision Science / Clinical and Experimental Optometry ) 4 . We are working hard from the Journal of Optometry in the attempt of developing a high quality journal on Optometry that may be a reference of the European Optometry. However, to achieve this aim raw material is needed, researches in Optometry.

The research is a challenge and a chance to show everyone the scientific potential of optometrists. It allows us to improve our clinical procedures and protocols, to implement functional therapies, to expand our knowledge. Research is the future of our profession; it will lead us to an even higher recognition and to a better professional position; it will lead us to a more optimized clinical practice. Research is the result of the power of our knowledge and also a source for new inspiration and advances. If we do our own research we are by definition the leaders in all of those efforts, from the bench to the chair side. Therefore, the development of Optometry research is a critical factor for the future of our profession. The support from governments and universities for Optometry research is crucial in the same manner that the research in other sciences is supported 5 , 6 . Furthermore, we need our platform for reporting our research, more journals with impact factor in Optometry.

Optometrist researchers should contribute to Optometry journals in order to make them greater, to increase the impact factor of the current available journals, and to develop our profession. One excellent opportunity for this contribution to Optometry research and to show our great potential is the next Special Issue of Journal of Optometry (July-September 2012). This issue entitled “New technologies and diagnostic tools in Optometry” will provide an overview of recent researches about the development, validity, and clinical applicability evaluation of new technologies in the context of our profession. International leading scientists in the Optometry field will participate as Topical Editor (Sitiris Plainis, Greece) and Guest Editors (Alejandro Cerviño, Spain, and Hema Radhakrishnan, UK) in this important issue. Submission deadline for this issue is 31st March 2012.

There are still thousands of questions without answer in Optometry that represents our future and the advance of vision care. The luxury of getting to answer those questions makes for a great job and ultimately a great profession of Optometry.

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Suryakumar, Rajaraman. "Study of the dynamic interactions between vergence and accommodation." Thesis, University of Waterloo, 2005. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/1268.

Balian, Carmen. "Central Visual Field Assessment in Late Stage Glaucoma." Thesis, University of Waterloo, 2006. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/2955.

Sehizadeh, Mina. "Monocular Adaptation of Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex (VOR)." Thesis, University of Waterloo, 2005. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/1247.

Lorentz, Holly. "Lipid Deposition on Hydrogel Contact Lenses." Thesis, University of Waterloo, 2006. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/2963.

Haque, Sameena. "In Vivo Imaging of Corneal Conditions using Optical Coherence Tomography." Thesis, University of Waterloo, 2006. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/2976.

Huston, Amanda K. "Screening of Children Study." The Ohio State University, 2012. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=osu1337914539.

Nagapatnam, Subbaraman Lakshman. "Lysozyme Deposition Studies on Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lens Materials." Thesis, University of Waterloo, 2005. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/1245.

Rogers, Ronan. "In vitro and ex vivo wettability of hydrogel contact lenses." Thesis, University of Waterloo, 2006. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/2974.

Babu, Raiju Jacob. "A Study of Saccade Dynamics and Adaptation in Athletes and Non Athletes." Thesis, University of Waterloo, 2004. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/1265.

Varikooty, Jalaiah. "Ocular Discomfort Upon Tear Drying." Thesis, University of Waterloo, 2003. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/1239.

Posvar, Winston Blair. "Variation of Ocular Parameters in Young Normal Eyes." The Ohio State University, 2017. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=osu1491991936735843.

Taji, Rana. "The association between two quality of life measures for first time low vision device users." Thesis, University of Waterloo, 2006. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/2975.

Lu, Fenghe. "BIOMECHANICAL ALTERATION OF CORNEAL MORPHOLOGY AFTER CORNEAL REFRACTIVE THERAPY." Thesis, University of Waterloo, 2006. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/2961.

Mathias, Amber R. "The Effect of Bioptic Telescopic Spectacles Use on Sign Identification, Velocity, and Lane Deviation in a Driving Simulator with Central Vision Impairment." The Ohio State University, 2018. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=osu152303259493087.

Davey, Christopher J. "Referrals from Primary Eye Care: An Investigation into their quality, levels of false positives and psychological effect on patients." Thesis, University of Bradford, 2011. http://hdl.handle.net/10454/5526.

Davey, Christopher James. "Referrals from primary eye care : an investigation into their quality, levels of false positives and psychological effect on patients." Thesis, University of Bradford, 2011. http://hdl.handle.net/10454/5526.

Renner, Kimberly. "Academic Performance of Oyler School Students after Receiving Spectacle Correction." The Ohio State University, 2017. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=osu1491593613366446.

McIntire, John Paul. "Investigating the Relationship between Binocular Disparity, Viewer Discomfort, and Depth Task Performance on Stereoscopic 3D Displays." Wright State University / OhioLINK, 2014. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=wright1400790668.

TRAI, KUO-LIANG, and 蔡國良. "Cooperation and Innovative Service Model forCommunity-based Optometry-facilitated Ophthalmology Diabetic Mellitus Retinopathy Screening." Thesis, 2019. http://ndltd.ncl.edu.tw/handle/4aef53.

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  • Advancing eye care for people with AMD through integrating clinical research and its translation
  • An integrated approach to improving the primary clinical care of patients with early stages of AMD
  • Modulation of the anterior eye inflammatory response to treat dry eye disease

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Our broad research aim is to understand the fundamental workings of the living retina on the microscopic scale, and how this becomes compromised in sight-debilitating diseases such as diabetes and glaucoma.

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  • Longitudinal investigation of neurovascular dysregulation and capillary angiopathy in young people with diabetes

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Our research is directed at identifying and implementing best practice innovative teaching strategies to enhance learning and teaching across all programs within the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, and externally through collaborative projects.

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The National Vision Research Institute is dedicated to research aimed at better understanding the complexities of vision and its disorders. Our goals are preventing blindness and restoring sight.

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The Ocular Biomarker Laboratory is interested in ways in which we can utilise the unique attributes of the eye to inform us about cortical disease and drug development.

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  • Developing iPad home-monitoring platforms for multiple sclerosis assessment
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  • Wireless electroretinography and visual evoked potentials for central nervous system drug testing

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Our laboratory is interested in electrophysiology, imaging and developing novel methods for analysis and its application to understanding the risk factors for neurodegenerative diseases such as glaucoma.

  • Developing novel ocular biomarkers for drug testing and neurodegenerative disease of the CNS
  • Evaluation of vascular, glial and functional deficits in diabetic eye disease
  • Investigating the role of intracranial pressure in glaucoma
  • Understanding the role of blood pressure, vascular autoregulation in ageing and glaucoma
  • Using our novel model of glaucoma to understand if ganglion cells can recover from injury

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The Optological Laboratory non-invasively investigates how the human eye and brain function, both in normal observers and those with eye disease.

  • Analysing visual field data in macular disease
  • Comparing oculomotor decision-making models for halting inappropriate actions
  • Getting back on track after the unexpected happens: decision making in predictable and unpredictable environments
  • The effect of intraocular pressure on retinal ganglion cell function
  • The role of fixational eye movements in spatial vision
  • Understanding progressive vision loss in the eye disease glaucoma

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The Retinal Structure and Function Laboratory (RSFL) aims to increase our understanding of the link between structural and functional measures of damage in disease.

  • A clinical test of dark adaptation for age-related macular degeneration
  • Retinal structure and function in ageing and disease

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The Vision Optimisation Unit aims to improve the vision of people with eye disease (particularly retinal disease), through medical vision restoration therapies, low vision aids, sensory substitution, and low vision rehabilitation

  • Improving Patient Management Pathways in Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Saving Sight Through Novel BioTech Innovations for Inherited Retinal Disease
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SO Three Minute Thesis Competition

28 May 2024


(from Left to Right) Prof. Andrew LAM, Mr CHAN Kin Ho, Ms QIU Chunting, Ms Patience Ansomah AYERKWAH, Mr YANG Xiayin, Mr SO Ching, Dr DO Chi-wai


On May 14, 2024, the School of Optometry successfully hosted the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition. Participants delivered engaging three-minute presentations, accompanied by a single static slide, to showcase their research topics and captivate the panel members.

Originating from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2008, the 3MT® Competition is designed to enhance the academic, presentation, and research communication skills of postgraduate research students. It encourages them to effectively convey their research to a non-specialist audience within a three-minute timeframe.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the winners of the 2024 SO 3MT® Competition, who have earned their nominations for the upcoming FHSS competition on June 14, 2024.

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