Associate Professor Ann Webber

PhD | MS BAppSc(Optom)(Hons) | FAAO | Grad Cert Oc Ther

Optometrist

Ann has more than 30 years of clinical practice experience and in 2009 completed a PhD that explored the effect of amblyopia (lazy eye) in children. She has presented her research at international vision and ophthalmology meetings in Italy and the USA, as well she has presented to optometry conferences in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

Ann studied Optometry in Brisbane and completed her degree at QUT in 1984, graduating with a BAppSc(Optom)(Hons) and pursued post-graduate studies at UHCO in Houston, USA, completing a Master of Science in Physiological Optics in 1988. The period in Houston, which provided clinical and research opportunities, proved a valuable experience in developing Ann's interest in children's vision and vision research. Ann was awarded a PhD through the QLD University of Technology in 2009 for her research that addressed the impact of lazy eye in children. Ann is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

In 2015 Ann was made a Diplomate in the Binocular Vision, Perception, & Pediatric Optometry (BVPPO) Section of the American Academy of Optometry. This is a great achievement as she is the only Optometrist outside the Americas to achieve this honour. 

In 2010 Ann was honoured to be named by The Australian Society for Medical Research as a Finalist in it's Clinical Research Award for 2010. This was for her work on the impact of Amblyopia.

In 2014 Ann was honoured by being the recipient of the Hamlyn R Brier Clinical Optometry Award from Optometry Queensland.

Ann has had an active role in the Optometrists Association of Australia, serving as both councillor and President, and currently serves on the Optometry Board of Australia.

Ann was promoted to the position of Associate Professor in the Queensland University of Technology's Faculty of Health in June 2018. Well done Ann! 

 

Associate Professor Ann Webber

Areas of Special Interest

Paediatric Optometry | Contact Lens Fitting

Qualifications

  • PhD Paediatric Amblyopia - Queensland University of Technology
  • Master of Science Physiological Optics - University of Houston College of Optometry
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Optom) (Hons) - Queensland Institute of Technology
  • Fellow American Academy of Optometry
  • Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics - Queensland University of Technology
  • Diplomate in Binocular Vision, Perception, & Pediatric Optometry (BVPPO) Section of the American Academy of Optometry 

Awards

  • 2010 Australian Society of Medical Research Queensland Clinical Research Finalist

 

  • 2014 Optometry Queensland Hamlyn R Brier Clinical Optometrist Award


Memberships

As Past President and Chair of the Education Committee, Ann maintains an active role in the Optometrists Association of Australia.

Fellow American Academy of Optometry

Member of the Binocular Vision, Perception, & Pediatric Optometry (BVPPO) Section of the American Academy of Optometry

Ann is a member of the Contact Lens Society of Australia.

Publications

  • Webber AL, (2016) "Vision Recovery Despite Retinal Ganglion Cell Loss in Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy" Optom Vis Sci 93 (12): PP 00-00 (PDF DOWNLOAD)
  • Webber AL, Wood JM, and Thompson B (2016) "Fine Motor Skills of Children With Amblyopia Improve Following Binocular Treatment" Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2016 Sep 1;57(11):4713-20 (WEB LINK)          
  • Webber AL, Wood JM, Gole GA, and Brown B. (2009)  The effect of amblyopia on the Developmental Eye Movement test in children. Optom Vis Sci8 (6):760-766. (WEB LINK)
  • Webber AL, Wood JM, Gole GA, and Brown B. (2008) "The effect of amblyopia on self-esteem in children." Optom Vis Sci 85(11):1074-1081. (WEB LINK) 
  • Webber AL, Wood JM, Gole GA, and Brown B. (2008) "The effect of amblyopia on fine motor skills in children Invest" Ophthalmol Vis Sci 49(2):594-603. (WEB LINK) 
  • Webber, AL (2007). "Amblyopia treatment: an evidence-based approach to maximising treatment outcome." Clin Exp Optom 90(4): 250-257. (WEB LINK)  
  • Webber, AL and Wood JM (2005). "Amblyopia: prevalence, natural history, functional effects and treatment." Clin Exp Optom 88(6) 365-375. (WEB LINK)  
  • Webber A, Prior C, Vigrys AJ (1992) Peripapillary Staphyloma Clin Exp Optom; 75: 220-230