Volunteers for research in optometry and vision science are essential to develop new technologies and treatments for eye diseases. Find and participate in clinical trials and research studies happening at UNSWs School of Optometry & Vision Science.

  • This study might be a good fit if you meet the following criteria:

    • are aged 18 years or older with symptoms of dry eye within the past 6 months
    • have not worn contact lenses for 1 month prior to the study and for the duration of the study
    • are willing to use the study eye drops and refrain from using any other eye drops for the duration of the study
    • willing to refrain from using warm compress treatments for dry eye for the duration of the trial
    • have not had significant changes to prescription medications or diet implemented within 3 months prior to the first visit nor planned changes for the duration of the trial
    • are not pregnant or breastfeeding
    • do not have any known allergy to the study eye drops
    • have not had any eye surgery.
  • This study might be a good fit if you meet the following criteria:

    • adults aged 18 years or older
    • able to read and comprehend English
    • have symptoms of dry eye
    • at least one sign of dry eye
    • willing to keep their current dry eye treatment regimen.
  • This study might be a good fit if you meet the following criteria:

    • are aged 18 years or older with symptoms of dry eye
    • have not used Optimel Manuka+ Dry Eye Drops in the past 3 months
    • have not used warm compresses or lid scrubs in the past month
    • willing to discontinue current use of any other rewetting/lubricating drops 3 days before the study and throughout the study
    • are a soft contact lens wearer: willing to discontinue lens wear for 1 week before first visit and continue to do so until the conclusion of the study (approx. 1 month duration)
    • are a rigid contact lens wearer: willing to discontinue lens wear for 1 month prior to the study and during the study.
    • willing to discontinue use of any previous dry eye treatment methods used before and throughout the study.
  • This study might be a good fit if you meet the following criteria:

    • are aged over 18 years
    • have not worn contact lenses in the past 3 months
    • [Meibomian gland dysfunction group] have been diagnosed with mild to moderate meibomian gland dysfunction, either with or without lacrimal gland dysfunction
    • [Healthy group] do not have meibomian gland dysfunction or dry eye
    • have not had any eye trauma or eye surgery (including previous cataract or corneal refractive surgery)
    • must not be using any systematic or topical antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, immunosuppressive medication, over the counter drops containing preservatives or topical galucoma medication in the past 3 months.