The University of Auckland Clinics

Our resources and research

As part of New Zealand’s top, research-led university we stay up to date with the very latest optometry science.

Because we are at cutting edge of optometry science we can offer our clients a number of unique optometry therapies.

From time to time our optometrists, vision scientists and students carry out valuable research projects.

Some examples of the types of research we are involved in include:

  • Myopia (short-sight)
    This affects 20-25% of children in New Zealand. Myopia results from an abnormal enlargement of the back half of the eye.
  • Cell and Molecular Biology of the Retina
    Understanding retinal function and development in the normal and diseased retina.
  • Amblyopia
    Sometimes known as ‘lazy eye’, Amblyopia is a developmental visual disorder characterised by a loss of vision in one eye. Amploypia is difficult to treat as the visual loss is due to abnormal development of visual brain areas rather than a problem with the eye itself. One goal is to develop new, clinically-applicable treatments for visual developmental disorders such as amblyopia.
  • Molecular Vision
    Members of the laboratory utilize electrophysiology, imaging, biochemistry, proteomics, molecular biology, and computer modelling to determine how the properties of ion channels and transporters contribute to the integrative function of ocular tissues that comprise the front of the eye. Research projects in the lens are focused on determining how the interaction of a variety of ion channels and transporters contribute to the maintenance of lens transparency.
  • Ecology of Colour Vision
    To understand the ecological significance of diversity of colour vision systems we combine mathematical modelling with measuring spectra of biologically important objects - flowers, fruits, birds’ plumage and fish skin.

For information about our research projects and how to take part, speak to your practitioner or contact us.