Ageing Vision

As we age, changes occur to our vision and eye health, and with an aging population, age-related diseases of the eye, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, are becoming more prevalent.

Researchers in the School of Optometry and Vision Science are involved in the development of eye charts and objective vision testing techniques that may enable improved detection and monitoring of age-related eye conditions.

In addition, changes at the back of the eye (the retina and the optic nerve) are being investigated as potential markers of disease progression in Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.

We currently receive funding from:

  • Brain Research New Zealand – Training hearing and vision perception in noise in adults with mild cognitive impairment
  • Faculty Research and Development Fund – Early Retinal Markers of Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Brain Research New Zealand Explorer Grant

The Moorfields Acuity Chart 1, a visual acuity chart which is more sensitive in the detection of early visual changes in age-related macular degeneration.

This chart was developed by then-Head of School, Professor Steven Dakin, and his collaborators Professor Roger Anderson (Ulster University, Ireland), and Nilpa Shah (Moorfields Eye Hospital, UK).

Research topics

Our researchers

Dr Lisa Hamm

Research Fellow

Assoc Prof Ehsan Vaghefi
Prof Steven Dakin
Assoc Prof Monica Acosta

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Dr Clairton de Souza