Eye health research

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We're determined to improve eye health worldwide, and we'd be honoured if you would help.

Why support eye health research?

Eye health is a major global health issue: an estimated 285 million people are visually impaired, and, according to World Health Organisations statistics, 80% of cases are preventable. An increase in diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and high myopia are the biggest risks to healthy eye sight in industrialised countries like Australia.

At the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, our researchers are studying the effects of behavioural, genetic and environmental factors on the eye during both healthy ageing and in disease. This research has already led to new developments for early diagnosis, correcting vision defects and improving the effectiveness of current interventions.

Addressing real-world challenges

Our research is also focused on providing solutions to real-world challenges linked to:

  • improving eyesight across the lifespan
  • myopia (short-sightedness)
  • age-related macular degeneration
  • glaucoma
  • diabetes and diabetic retinopathy
  • neurodegenerative disease
  • contact lens and spectacle lens use and design
  • improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye care
  • determining how the eye controls visual function and performance
  • understanding the visibility of bicyclists to other road users
  • the role of vision in balance and mobility
  • the function of the eye in circadian rhythms, depression, migraine and during healthy ageing
  • developing and testing biomaterials to correct damage from eye disease or injury.

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Philanthropy Officer (Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation)
Sharyn Tidswell


Proportion of Australian children affected by myopia.