Melbourne School of Health SciencesDepartment of Optometry & Vision Sciences

Visual Functions Laboratory

Research Team

      RHD candidates

National & International Collaborators

Laboratory Information

This laboratory applies behavioural and electrophysiological methods to elucidate visual development, the normal ageing process as well as in detection and monitoring of eye disease. In particular we are interested in developing better understanding of diabetes, glaucoma, age-related maculopathy and the vision loss in migraine.

The lab collaborates with the Ocular Physiology and Clinical Psychophysics Laboratories within the Department on common research projects and with other laboratories in Melbourne University (Ophthalmology) and elsewhere (Baker Heart Institute).

Our human and animal work has defined the effect that normal ageing and the ocular diseases, ARMD, diabetes and glaucoma, can have on vision. In particular we are interested in developing tests that can detect these processes early.

Students in the Visual Functions Laboratory learn computing skills, modelling methods, and electrophysiological and/or psychophysical methods. Collaborative projects provide a broad experience in anatomy, system physiology, neuroscience and/or ocular biochemistry. Those interested in visiting or joining the lab should contact Prof. Vingrys.

About Algis Vingrys

Algis is a graduate of Department of Optometry at The University of Melbourne. He completed his doctoral research in Melbourne and was appointed to his first post-doctoral position in the School of Optometry at the University of Auckland. This was followed by a joint post-doctoral appointment in the Schools of Optometry and Ophthalmology, at The Ohio State University, working with Professors P. Ewen King-Smith PhD and Susan Benes MD, before gaining employment as a Lecturer in the Department of Optometry at The University of Melbourne. His interests are in ocular disease detection and developing a better understanding of how disease processes can impact on vision.

Selected Recent Publications

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