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School of Optometry and Vision Science

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Welcome from the Head of School

Tēnā koutou katoa

Welcome to the School of Optometry and Vision Science (SOVS) blog.

At SOVS we train New Zealand’s next generation of optometrists, preparing them to provide clinical care of the highest standard using innovative teaching that is informed by our own world-class research. We place a high priority on conducting research which underpins both our teaching and clinical practice, and we train student optometrists in why and how to provide evidence-based care to patients. This blog is an opportunity to showcase and share some of the activities and achievements of our staff and students in both research and educational / clinical settings.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our many supporters in the profession and in the community at large – including the New Zealand Association of Optometrists, the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board, honorary teaching fellows (optometrists who take final-year students on practicum placements), and the generous donors who support a whole range of activities across SOVS.

We hope you will find this blog of interest and welcome feedback at GSC-Optometry@auckland.ac.nz

Ngā mihi

Professor Steven Dakin
Head of School, Optometry and Vision Science
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

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Grant awarded for National Eye Health Survey pilot study

Grant awarded for National Eye Health Survey pilot study

In November 2020 SOVS was the recipient of one of only four Seed Grants awarded by the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences in 2020. The $50,000 grant will support a pilot study of the National Eye Health Survey (NEHS) to be conducted in 2021. The NEHS will provide...

Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar

Each year the University participates in Raising the Bar, an international event in which universities give back to their communities by offering free talks in local bars on a wide range of topics. On 20 April 2021 Professor Steven Dakin was one of two presenters from...

Staff news

Staff news

During late 2020 and the beginning of 2021, staff movements have included: Evellen Powell replacing Rowena Knight-Brown as GSC, with the significant responsibility of supporting Steven as Head of School, and supporting the school’s operations across the board Jane...

Welcome from the Head of School

Welcome from the Head of School

Tēnā koutou katoa Welcome to the School of Optometry and Vision Science (SOVS) blog. At SOVS we train New Zealand’s next generation of optometrists, preparing them to provide clinical care of the highest standard using innovative teaching that is informed by our own...

The Issue of Eye Health Inequity

The Issue of Eye Health Inequity

SOVS Head of School, Professor Steven Dakin, discussed how New Zealand has an issue with eye health inequity.

AI software preventing blindness in diabetics

AI software preventing blindness in diabetics

Dr Ehsan Vaghefi received Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) funding in 2019, to investigate the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to prevent diabetes retinopathy (loss of vision) for diabetes sufferers in New Zealand.

Prosthetic Eye Research

Prosthetic Eye Research

For the past 10 years SOVS and the NZ National Eye Centre has carried out research into Ocular Prosthetics.