Melbourne School of Health SciencesDepartment of Optometry & Vision Sciences

Facilities & Services

Research Higher Degree Theses of the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences

The Department of Optometry & Vision Sciences houses the research higher degree theses of postgraduate students of the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, University of Melbourne from 1969 to the present time, in the lobby outside the Head of Department’s office.

All University Department staff and students can loan a thesis for a limited period by completing a loan form held by the Executive Assistant to the HOD in the adjoining office, who will record what items have been borrowed and when they are to be returned. Other interested parties are able to view the thesis on the premises and under certain circumstances may be allowed to borrow a thesis overnight.

The list of those theses currently accessible from the Department is shown via the link below. Any queries please call Elaine Sundaram on extension 432 or 9349 7432 if you require further information.

Pre-clinical Laboratory

The pre-clinical teaching laboratory is a purpose-built state-of-the-art facility housing 16 examination bays fully equipped as per standard clinical consulting rooms.

The facility is designed to provide an environment in which optometry students can practice and develop their clinical skills prior to their introduction to patient clinics.

Equipped with the support of several major ophthalmic equipment manufacturers, the pre-clinical teaching laboratory also provides optometry students with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with a range of instruments from the various manufacturers.

The pre-clinical laboratory is situated on the ground floor of the McCoy Building of the University of Melbourne, on the corner of Swanston Street and Elgin Street.

Please note that the Pre-clinical Laboratory may be available for hire.

Practical Laboratory

Opened in early 2007, the Optometry & Vision Sciences Practical Laboratory is located on the 4th floor of the Redmond Barry Building.

This previously unoccupied laboratory space has been given a total renovation, transforming it from a 1960’s wet lab into a modern custom designed facility for delivering optometry and vision science practical classes.

Specially designed workstations allow the teaching mode to switch seamlessly between computer and equipment based practical learning. The workstations have also been designed with a focus on facilitating collaborative learning, with wireless networking allowing students to share their results in real time.

The new laboratory will comfortably accommodate up to 50 students (max capacity 60). The laboratory may be available for use by other departments, subject to availability (contact the Department Manager).

University of Melbourne EyeCare Practice

A full-scope optometry teaching practice, which is just like a normal retail professional practice that encompasses all aspects of modern optometry, but with a few more consulting rooms. The University of Melbourne EyeCare practice has a modern frame and dispensing area, with all frame types available, from the budget end of frames right up to the top-end designer frames, complimented by the latest dispensing technology aids. Each consulting room is fitted out with the latest technology and equipment and the practice is also equipped with a range of additional ocular diagnostic equipment including Digital Fundus camera, Cirrus Ocular Coherence Tomographer, Corneal Topographer, Humphrey Visual Field Analyser, Matrix screener and anterior eye cameras.

The practice offers it services to the public, and staff and students of the University, and their families, receive additional discounts.

Nathan Library

The Nathan Library is a specialist collection of books, journals and multimedia in the fields of optometry, ophthalmology, vision science and optics.

The Library is open to members and staff of the Australian College of Optometry and the National Vision Research Institute and the staff and students of the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences.

Computer Facilities

Computers are available to access by student in both the Nathan Library and the Practical Laboratory. There is a Mac and a PC available in the Nathan Library as well as a scanner and printer for student use. These are available during library open hours.

Students are also able to access computer facilities in the Student IT labs.

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