Dr Mei-Ying Boon

Dr Mei-Ying Boon

Fields of research: Ophthalmology and Optometry not elsewhere classified, Optometry and Ophthalmology
Campus: Kensington
Tag: Hearing, Vision, Speech and Their Disorders

Research Interests: Visual electrophysiology analysis techniques, Visual perception in the ageing visual system, Visual perception in the developing visual system (children's vision), Amblyopia, Colour vision development, Low vision, Visual Impairment

ABOUT ME

 

Biography

Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Dr Boon graduated in optometry and vision science and was awarded her PhD in the electrophysiological and...

Research Interests: Visual electrophysiology analysis techniques, Visual perception in the ageing visual system, Visual perception in the developing visual system (children's vision), Amblyopia, Colour vision development, Low vision, Visual Impairment

ABOUT ME

 

Biography

Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Dr Boon graduated in optometry and vision science and was awarded her PhD in the electrophysiological and psychophysical development of colour vision from from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Her postdoctoral research studies were at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, in the prevention of injuries of older people with visual impairment and low vision. Her research areas include the development of objective visual electrophysiology analysis techniques, their relationship with perception, visual perception in the developing (children's vision encompassing amlyopia) and the ageing visual system as well as low vision and visual impairment. Dr Boon is a member of the Optometrists Association Australia, a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a representative for  Vision2020 (the Australian peak body for eye and vision care in Australia), an Australian Standards Committee member for spectacles lens standards. 

 

Education

  • Certificate in Clinical Electrophysiology (International Society of Clinical Electrophysiology and Vision, Fremantle, Australia)
  • PhD, Thesis entitled 'Electrophysiological and Psychophysical Assessment of Colour Vision Development' (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)
  • BOptom(Hons) (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)

 

RESEARCH

 

Research Goals

To understand how vision changes through the lifespan in response to normal and abnormal visual experience, to facilitate the improvement of vision and quality of life in children and adults with visual impairment.


Research in Detail


Optimising visual electrophysiology techniques 

Visual electrophysiology allows us to study processing at the level of the retina (Electroretinograms) as well as the visual cortex (visual evoked potentials). They offer a direct insight into the function of the visual system which is complementary to what can be learned using psychophysical techniques, which probe the relationship between physical stimulation and perception. Children's visual processing is particularly challenging to analyse as it is still developing so techniques used in adults cannot be interpreted similarly in children. Current research is aimed at characterising electrophysiological systems using both objective and manual techniques and understanding their relationship with perception. One arm of our research is looking at how best to differentiate between normally and abnormally developing systems. Main applications will be in paediatric optometry and ophthalmology, particularly in monitoring the effects of conventional and novel treatments for amblyopia. Major collaborators are paediatric ophthalmologists in Sydney and Singapore.

 

How psychophysics can be used to assess vision and progression of eye diseases 

Eye diseases examined include glaucoma, AMD, retinitis pigmentosa, diabetic retinopathy or vision loss due to occupational hazards such as exposure to organic solvents. Foci of research have centred on understanding how behavioural psychophysics can be used to assess  the vision and progression of eye diseases such as glaucoma, AMD and retinitis pigmentosa or vision loss due to occupational hazards such as exposure to organic solvents. Current research emphasises the development and refinement of ability to assess contrast and colour sensitivity losses and their impact on complex behaviours which rely on these inputs, such as driving, walking and falls. Major national collaborators are Professor Stephen Dain (ORLAB), Dr Malcolm Ryan (Department of Computing, Macquarie University), Prof. Michael Kalloniatis (Centre for Eye Health) which affords access to ocular imaging resources and patients with various eye diseases at different stages of progression.


How people with low vision interact with the built environment

Major national collaborators are Prof. Stephen Dain (Optics and Radiatometry Laboratory, UNSW), Associate Professor Catherine Bridge (Faculty of the Built Environment), Associate Professor Gregg Suaning (Australian Vision Prosthesis Group, UNSW) and Mark Relf (Access Consultant and Standards Australia committee member. The projects arising from these collaborations include how people with low vision interact with the built environment and how visual prostheses, such as the bionic eye, or building specifications may be used to improve this interaction. 


Low vision rehabilitation referral pathways and accessibility

Dr Mei Ying Boon and Dr Isabelle Jalbert have been working on ways to improve low vision rehabilitation referral pathways using Australia as a model. Major collaborators are Professor Michael Kalloniatis (Centre for Eye Health, UNSW, Sydney), Dr Srinivas Marmamula (L.V. Prasad, India), Vision Australia, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and the Macular Disease Foundation. 


Driving with central visual impairment

This research focuses on ways to assist drivers with central visual impairment including conditional licensing, driving accompanied and bioptic telescopic spectacles. Major collaborators are Dr Byoung Sun Chu (Catholic University of Daegu, South Korea and Visiting Fellow UNSW), Professor Joanne Wood (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane) and Professor Cynthia Owsley (University of Alabama, USA).


Understanding and preventing home accidents in older people with low vision

This research aims to understand how to prevent home accidents in older people with low vision. Major collaborators are Dr Byoung Sun Chu (Catholic University of Daegu) and Assoc. Prof. Catherine Bridge (Faculty of the Built Environment, UNSW).

For more detail on specifics on Dr Boon's research please see http://www.optometry.unsw.edu.au/research/current-research

 

Current Student Projects (PhD, Masters and Honours)

  • Cortical processing in refractive amblyopic children who are responders and non-responders to refractive treatment.
  • Cortical processing in amblyopic children in response to treatment. 
  • Visual electrophysiology dynamics in children in response to colour and luminance contrast
  • Optimising visual evoked potential analysis in children with normal and abnormal visual development 
  • Visual health in children with and without type 1 diabetes
  • Vision related activity limitation in children with amblyopia
  • Predictors of near miss and injurious incidents in older people with visual impairment
  • Investigating ways of assisting drivers with central visual impairment to drive
  • The effect of high add intraocular lenses on quality of life in people with macular degeneration.
  • Understanding patient perspective about timing of referrals for low vision rehabilitation
  • Relative rates of visual function development over the lifespan

 

Supervision Opportunities/Areas

Please contact Dr Boon to find out more about research opportunities. 

 

TEACHING & OUTREACH

 

Courses I teach

  • Seeing the world: perspectives from vision science Clinical Ocular Therapeutics
  • Low vision
  • Dispensing
  • Ageing and development of the visual system

 

Professional affiliations and service positions

  • Lecturer, Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW Australia
  • Australian Standards Committee, Spectacles
  • Vision2020 representative
  • Member of the Optometrists Association Australia
  • Registered optometrist in Australia
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry
  • Member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

 

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

 

  • UNSW Goldstar Award, 2008
  • ISCEV travel grant, Glasgow, 2005
  • Journal of Teaching Practice Award, Singapore Polytechnic, 2000
  • Young Investgator Award - Merit (Optometry/Paraclinical) at the 2000 Singapore National Eye Research Meeting in association with the 34th Singapore-Malaysia congress of Medicine/Combined Hospitals Medical and Dental Scientific Meeting

Contact

02 9385 4621
02 9313 8604