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Myra is a registered optometrist and gradated with her PhD in optometry from the University of Auckland in 2018, under the supervision of Associate Professor Jane Alsweiler and Professor Ben Thompson. Following the completion of her PhD, Myra was a postdoctoral fellow of Professor Carly Lam at the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong. In 2019, Myra took up an Assistant Professor position at the University of Canberra.

Myra's doctoral studies and post-doctoral research have involved working in multi-disciplinary groups to research different areas of eye and vision. The main areas she has worked on are investigating the effects of nutrition, neonatal complications and neonatal treatments on visual development in later childhood, and investigating the effects of nutrition and treatments for myopia development. Most of her research has been in the form of clinical studies, both observational and interventional. 

Since being at the University of Canberra, Myra has been involved in research in education practice, co-supervision of a higher degree students in dry eye and binocular vision research, and mentoring students in Research planning/project units in the Master of Optometry degree. 


Research interests:

  • Techniques used in optometric practice
  • Interventions for myopia
  • Use of digital devices, visual development and learning

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The Effects of Preterm Birth on Visual Function in Childhood, The University of Auckland

Award Date: 16 Nov 2018

Bachelor, The University of Auckland

Award Date: 4 May 2011


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