Study level

  • Vacation research experience scheme


Topic status

In progress.

Research centre


Professor David Atchison
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Health
Associate Professor Katrina Schmid
Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Health


It is well known that the growth of the eye after birth is directed by visual stimuli, that a blur signal is detected by the retina, and this initiates a signalling cascade within the eye to control eye growth. Both the retina, as the blur detection site, and the accommodation response, that acts to maintain good vision at all distances, are key components of this system. The anatomical and physiological variations to the ciliary muscle and how this relates to myopia development are poorly understood.

The anatomy of the accommodation apparatus, i.e. ciliary muscle, will be measured using the Visante anterior segment OCT.   Axial length and choroidal changes during accommodation will be measured using the Lenstar and posterior segment OCT respectively.  All of this equipment is available in the vision labs at Q block, KG Campus.

Research activities

Literature search and review, Participant recruitment, Data collection, Data entry, Data analysis


Greater understanding of anatomical variations. Students will gain experience using equipment to assess ocular biometry.

Skills and experience

Ability to conduct vision assessment and use ocular testing equipment.


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Contact the supervisor for more information. Either Prof Atchison or AProf Schmid