Ann presents at American Academy of Optometry

Ann presented a poster covering research that she and her colleagues have been working on recently at the American Academy of Optometry meeting in Anaheim, USA, in November.

The topic of the poster was " Amblyopia Affects Visual Attention, Visual Search and Scanning in Children".

It was a project of the School of Optometry and Vision Science and the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at QUT. 


The poster was very well received and Ann was able to also catch up with her Alumni friends from the University of Houston College of Optometry!

Well done Ann!


Sunglass Saturday this year on November 12th!


Our traditional Ultimate Sunglass Sunday falls on a Saturday this year to once again to coincide with the fabulous Bulimba Festival. Get along for great music, food and fun and get 10% off all sunnies on the day.

- 2 Stages Here is a run through of some of the performers this year:

Hotter than hot Melbourne rockers, The Delta Riggs, will share headlining duties with Melbourne indie upstarts Northeast Party House. Supporting these guys are festival favourites The Badloves, Tasmanian singer-songwriter and winner of Triple J Unearthed High winner, Asta, red-hot local indie act The Jensens and 18 year old Brisbane sensation, Mallrat. Kicking the day off in the best way possible with the winner of the 2015 International Songwriting Competition Hailey Calvert and local Blues and Americana champion Karl S. Williams - Musical Fool

- Craft and International Beers
- Street Performers
- Food Trucks & Markets

Should be a hoot! Get on down for a great day in beautiful Bulimba.


New Research 2016


Ann has been very busy this year collaborating with colleagues both locally and internationally on binocular research. Here is a link to the latest paper published in the September edition of the Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS) journal.

Fine Motor Skills of Children With Amblyopia Improve Following Binocular Treatment.

AL Webber and JM Wood School of Optometry and Vision Science, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

B Thompson Optometry and Vision Science, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Optometry and Vision Science, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

The purpose of this study was to determine whether reduced fine motor skills in children with amblyopia improve after binocular treatment and whether improvements are sustained once treatment has ceased.

Binocular treatment provided by dichoptic iPod game play improved FMS performance in children with amblyopia, particularly in those with less severe amblyopia. Improvements were maintained at 3 months following cessation of treatment.

Here is the link to the artricle Fine Motor Skills



Why do we blink?

Blinking is a normal reflex that protects the eye from dryness, bright light, and fingers or other objects coming towards it. Blinking also regulates tears, which nourish and cleanse the surface of the eye The blinking rate in newborns is only 2 times per minute. This increases to 14-17 times per minute in adolescence and remains at this rate through the remainder of life. Blinking can also increase in response to pain, bright light, changes in temperature and humidity, and conversation