CFEH examines over 6000 patients a year suspected of, or having early stages of ocular disease. These patients are offered the opportunity to release their clinical data for the purposes of research and over 95% of patients consent to this research. As such, CFEH has an extensive database of clinical data which serves as an invaluable resource for researching strategies for early detection, monitoring and management of disease. Utilising this data allows CFEH researchers to find more effective ways to save sight for more people and improve the CFEH clinic and the Australian eye-care system.

The research team at CFEH works in collaboration with researchers and clinicians from a variety of other disciplines including optometry, ophthalmology, visual science and public health to use this resource to understand major eye diseases affecting Australians including glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Some of the current focuses of the research team include

  • Evaluating the utility of advanced imaging technologies in early detection and management of these eye diseases
  • Developing new clinical tests to improve early detection of these eye diseases
  • Developing automated programs and protocols for assessment of clinical data of these eye diseases
  • Attempting to understand service delivery of Australian eye-care practitioners for these eye diseases
  • Assessing the effectiveness of collaborative patient management paradigms for eye-care such as the CFEH clinic and the Glaucoma Management Clinic for these eye diseases.

CFEH research has been recognised nationally for its importance through acceptance of research publications and government funding. In late 2011 the Centre was selected as the site for a 1.1M research project, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) into early detection of glaucoma.

If you are interested in becoming involved in CFEH please contact a member of the research team

Dr Barbara Zangerl    

Dr Lisa Nivison-Smith

PhD Positions Available

Please click on the link below for information regarding PhD opportunities currently available at the Centre for Eye Health.

PhD positions available at the Centre for Eye Health beginning early 2018