Participate in research

Our school is at the forefront of research in the fields of optometry and vision science – click any of the research topics below to check out current research participation opportunities.

Balanced movie viewing

Amblyopia or “lazy eye” is a condition that affects about 3% of children. Current treatments are only moderately effective and about half of children treated are left with residual vision problems that cannot be fully corrected with lenses. We want to see if a recently developed binocular-balanced movie-watching treatment can be effective for children (5-15 years) and adults (16+ years) with amblyopia in one eye.  This treatment aims to encourage the brain to use information from the two eyes together by blurring the image shown to the better-seeing eye.

The National Eye Health Survey

The School of Optometry and Vision Science has assembled a team of 12 to recruit participants for a population-based eye health pilot study in the Glen Innes, Panmure and Ōrākei areas. The pilot study will run from July to October 2021 and is planning to recruit a total of 1050 people; 350 each in the three target populations: Māori, Pacific, and Other New Zealanders. The cut-off age for the Māori and Pacific population is 40+ years and for Other New Zealanders is 50+ years.

3D eye tracking to measure eye movements

We are investigating whether computer-based infrared eye trackers are accurate at measuring how well people can coordinate their eyes together (fusional reserves). Your contribution will help develop better technology for screening binocular vision problems.