Scientia Professor, School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW Sydney
Professor Fiona Stapleton was awarded her PhD from City University and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London for her research on the pathogenesis and epidemiology of contact lens-related disease and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at University College London. Fiona is a clinical scientist with expertise in epidemiology and clinical research in the fields of corneal infection, dry eye and contact lens related disease.
She holds numerous memberships and executive affiliations with scientific organisations, is a regular reviewer for a range of journals, belongs to the international editorial board of three journals, has over 280 peer-reviewed publications, has contributed 20 chapters to textbooks and published one book.
She is currently President of the International Society for Contact Lens Research and was awarded Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science and Technology in 2018.
GradCertOcTher (University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2008)
PhD, Thesis entitled ‘The pathogenesis and epidemiology of contact lens related disease’ (City University, London, England, 1991)
MSc (by research), Thesis entitled ‘The investigation of spectral sensitivity in diabetes’ (University of Manchester, England, 1988)
BSc (Hons, Optometry) (University of Wales, Cardiff, Wales, 1985)
This research focuses on the development of antimicrobial contact lenses and ways of controlling microbial colonisation of contact lens cases during use to prevent keratitis during lens wear. In order for the contact lens market to grow, infections that occur during wear, and comfort for the wearer must be addressed. Main national collaborators include the School of Chemistry (UNSW), Warm Contact Pty Ltd; international collaborators include the LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India. These projects also involve collaborations with international industry. (Willcox, Stapleton)
Epidemiology of contact lens-related infection
Contact lens-related infection is a rare but severe disease and the only complication of contact lens wear to result in loss in vision. This group has established international collaborations to determine the risks of disease, health outcomes, and community costs of eye infections, visual loss and morbidity. Recent areas of interest include epidemiological studies to establish risks associated with contemporary lens wear modalities, studies of virulence characteristics of causative organisms and disease outcomes and understanding host factors in corneal infection. (Stapleton)
For more detail on specifics on Professor Stapleton’s research please see http://www.optometry.unsw.edu.au/research/current-research
Microbiological profile and drug resistance in corneal infections
The role of oestrogen in dry eye
Risk factors in contact lens related disease
Antimicrobial contact lenses - efficacy and safety
The significance of corneal responses to rubbing-related ocular trauma in keratoconus
A study on Infectious Keratitis in Asia
Improving outcomes by biosampling ocular surface disease: metabolites expression in corneal infiltrative events associated with contact lens wear
Corneal neural markers and dendritic cells in ocular allergy
The effect of age and contact lens wear on the inflammatory status of the cornea
Investigation of resistance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa to antimicrobials and contact lens disinfectants to explore surval of organisms in contact lens storage cases
Examining new ways of visualising tear film lipids using optical properties of quantum dots
iCare Track: measuring the appropriateness of eye care delivery in Australia
Pathogenic traits of S. aureus associated with keratitis
Please contact Professor Stapleton to find out more about research opportunities.
OPTM5151/52151 - Clinical Ocular Therapeutics
OPTM7213 - Ocular Therapy 1
OPTM7117 - Ocular Therapy 2
Top Australian researcher in the field of Ophthalmology and Optometry 2020 by publications and citations (Australian Newspaper https://specialreports.theaustralian.com.au/1540291/)