Research groups

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Our research focuses on a diverse range of topics and disciplines including basic, applied, and clinical research into the science of vision. We conduct world leading, multidisciplinary research ensuring translational outcomes and significant improvements in ocular health. 


Centre for Eye Health Research Group (CFEH)

The CFEH is a joint initiative between Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and the University of New South Wales, Sydney. We provide imaging diagnostics and disease management free of change to patients.

Eye Research Group

The Eye Research Group at the School of Optometry & Vision Science offers the exceptional opportunity to collaborate with internationally renowned and award-winning researchers. Our partnership with industry ensures we can develop innovative eye care products.

Myopia Research Group

The School of Optometry & Vision Science is at the forefront of research and education in the development and management of myopia. We are dedicated to understanding the optics of the eyes and the causes, visual function and treatments of myopia.

Ocular Surface Research (inc. Dry Eye and Contact Lenses)

The School of Optometry & Vision Science has a worldwide reputation as a leading centre for research and development in the field of the ocular surface. Our research looks at the impact of contact lenses on ocular health and the mechanisms and risk factors of dry eye disease.

Optical Imaging and Visualisation (OIV)

The OIV Lab aims to develop optical imaging technology to improve image quality and enhance the user experience of modern imagery through 3D visualisation, particularly in the ocular imaging domains.

Public Health and Health Systems Research Group

The Public Health and Health Systems Research Group aims to prevent vision impairment through evidenced based research. We do this by improving access and delivery of eye care and enhancing the quality of life for people affected by vision loss.

Research in Orthokeratology (ROK) Group

Orthokeratology is a clinical technique of correcting mild to moderate degrees of short-sightedness through corneal reshaping using specially designed rigid contact lenses.

Retinal Networks Laboratory

We investigate the anatomical and functional characteristics of the retina in health and disease to better understand the vertebrate retina, how visual information is processed and what changes occur during disease.

Sensory Processes Research Laboratory

Perception is essential for humans to interact effectively with their environment. The Sensory Processes Research Laboratory aims to understand how our environmental perceptions are influenced by neural signals generated by the senses. The laboratory is integrated within the Sensory Processes Innovation Network (SPINet).

Vision Loss and Healthy Ageing Group

The primary goal of our research is to investigate the mechanisms that promote or inhibit healthy ageing in people with vision loss. 


Testing and developing new antimicrobials and overcoming antimicrobial resistance (TADOAR) is essential to address antibiotic resistant infections.

Ocular Pathology Research Group

Understanding normal human eye development and ageing is important for discovering the pathogenesis of human eye diseases including age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Volunteer in our research studies  

Are you interested in volunteering to be part of a research study? Progress in science is only possible with your help. Find out more about our exciting studies and how you can participate. 

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