Dr Rajendra Gyawali

Dr Rajendra Gyawali

Casual Academic

BOptom (Hons.); MOptom; FAAO

Medicine & Health
School of Optometry and Vision Science

Rajendra is an optometrist trained in Nepal and South Africa. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and Ezell Fellow (2019). He has over 10 years of experience in clinical practice, program coordination, teaching and research in various parts of the world including Nepal, Maldives, Malawi, Eritrea, Vietnam and Australia. He has research interests in evidence-based practice, refractive error and visual impairment, glaucoma, eye care in marginalized communities and patient centered eye care delivery.

As a UNSW Scientia Scholar, Rajendra is currently working in health service research, with a focus on improving the appropriate care delivered by optometrists. His research involves development and assessment of clinical practice guidelines and indicators, qualitative research and investigation of healthcare providers behavior and behavior change strategies. 

William C. Ezell Fellowship (AAOF) (2019) 

American Academy of Optometry (AAO) Travel Award. 2015 

World Council of Optometry Travel Award 2015  

Eritrean Research Fund award (2014 and 2015) 

India Vision Institute Grant 2013

Gyawali, R., & Bhayal, B. K. (2019). Practice scope and job confidence of two-year trained optometry technicians in Eritrea. BMC Medical Education, 19(1). doi:10.1186/s12909-019-1738-0

Gyawali, R., & Moodley, V. R. (2018). Need for optical intervention in children attending a school for the blind in Eritrea. CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL OPTOMETRY, 101(4), 565-570. doi:10.1111/cxo.12601

Gyawali, R., & Moodley, V. R. (2017). Causes of Childhood Vision Impairment in the School for the Blind in Eritrea. Optometry and Vision Science, 94(12), 1138-1144. doi:10.1097/OPX.0000000000001142

Gyawali, R., Bhayal, B. K., Adhikary, R., Shrestha, A., & Sah, R. P. (2017). Retrospective data on causes of childhood vision impairment in Eritrea. BMC Ophthalmology, 17(1). doi:10.1186/s12886-017-0609-x

Kaphle, D., Gyawali, R., Kandel, H., Reading, A., & Msosa, J. M. (2016). Vision Impairment and Ocular Morbidity in a Refugee Population in Malawi. Optometry and Vision Science, 93(2), 188-193. doi:10.1097/OPX.0000000000000775

Gyawali, R., & Sarkar, N. (2014). Glaucoma awareness in a hospital presenting population in eastern Nepal. Journal of Glaucoma, 23(9), 594-598. doi:10.1097/IJG.0b013e31828700de

Gyawali, R., Nestha Mohamed, F., Bist, J., Kandel, H., Marasini, S., & Khadka, J. (2014). Compliance and hygiene behaviour among soft contact lens wearers in the Maldives. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 97(1), 43-47. doi:10.1111/cxo.12069

Marasini, S., Kaiti, R., Mahato, R. K., Gyawali, R., & Nepal, B. P. (2013). Informed consent in patients undergoing eye surgery: A qualitative study assessing their attitude, knowledge and anxiety level in a community based hospital of Nepal. Journal of Optometry, 6(3), 147-153. doi:10.1016/j.optom.2013.02.001

Gyawali, R., Paudel, N., & Adhikari, P. (2012). Quality of life in Nepalese patients with low vision and the impact of low vision services. Journal of Optometry, 5(4), 188-195. doi:10.1016/j.optom.2012.05.002