Vision and eye


QUT is at the forefront of a range of research developments which underpin major technological advances in the correction of defects of vision, the diagnosis and assessment of ocular and vision problems, and the functional impact of vision impairment.

This research area brings together eye and vision researchers from the School of Optometry and Vision Science, and other related disciplines. The vision improvement research area, and School of Optometry and Vision Science have an international reputation for excellence in research, with researchers receiving international awards recognising long-standing research excellence. Research results are published in high ranking international journals, as well as professional journals to promote the translation of research into clinical practice.

Research programs

  • Aberrations of the eye and visual function
  • Assessment and monitoring of diabetic neuropathy
  • Children's vision
  • Myopia and ocular growth: development and control
  • Retinal and other eye disease
  • Visual impairment and driving performance



Evidence of research quality

ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) 2015 score:

  • 3 (at world standard) -
    • Opthalmology and Optometry (FOR 1113).

ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) evaluates the quality of research undertaken in Australian universities against national and international benchmarks.

Developing new researchers

Research students
Early career researchers

Publication output


Unique count
High quality
Author weighting
High quality

Research income

2011 total
$2,188,209 (funding split)
$9,157,579 (funding split)

Key grants

  • A longitudinal study of ophthalmic markers of neuropathy in type 1 diabetes - LANDMark study - Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)



This is just a sample of our research activity in this area.


International linkages

  • UK
  • USA
  • Germany
  • India
  • China
  • Switzerland
  • Syria
  • Poland
  • Singapore
  • Canada
  • Austria
  • Spain

Cross-disciplinary engagement

  • Optometry
  • Ophthalmology
  • Visual optics
  • Ocular tissues
  • Visual psychophysics
  • Vision rehabilitation
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye care
  • Spectacle lens performance
  • Adaptation and design


Evidence of impact

  • Establishment of the LANDMark study to develop non-invasive ophthalmic markers of diabetic neuropathy
  • Improved contact lens design
  • New knowledge on visual impairment and driving performance
  • Development of novel techniques for the early detection of persons at risk of retinal eye disease (including age-related macular degeneration)
  • Therapies for common diseases of the eye (e.g. macular degeneration)
  • Spectacle and contact lens technology
  • Diagnosis and assessment of ocular and vision problems
  • Functional impact of vision impairment
  • Correction of vision impairment

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