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


Dr Ann Webber has been a key driver of QLD Paediatric Optometry Alignment Program

Great to see this article on the Paediatric Optometry Alignment Program that Ann has been involved with at Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.
"The pilot program was established by the hospital’s Ophthalmology Department.
The evidence-based clinical training delivered on 13 March will be followed with online modules and ongoing communication, management and audit frameworks to discharge suitable patients from the hospital to Aligned Optometrists in community practice.
Queensland optometrist Dr Ann Webber has been a key driver of the program. She delivered one of the educational modules alongside two paediatric ophthalmologists and a senior orthoptist."

See the full article in Optometry Australia here


Clarity Cinema Ad in a theatre near you!

We are very proud to release Clarity Optometrist's first Cinema ad that commences in Balmoral and Hawthorne Cineplex Cinemas from Thursday March 24th 2016.

Click on this link to watch it.