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Exploiting iPads for Vision Self-Monitoring in Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Research Area: Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Clinical Biomarkers
Primary Supervisor: Dr Zhichao Wu
Tel: +613 9929 8369 / Email: wu.z@unimelb.edu.au

Suitable for: Masters or PhD

Neovascular complications in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can occur spontaneously in at-risk individuals and are often undetected until substantial vision loss has occurred. This is due to limitations in current self-monitoring methods, resulting in a significant loss of opportunity for preserving long-term vision with excellent therapies. Instead, most Australians now own portable tablet devices (like iPads) or smartphones, that are often equipped with a screen resolution and luminance dynamic range conducive for automated visual function testing, which could be exploited for self-monitoring to detect neovascular AMD.

This project seeks to develop an effective visual function test for this purpose, so that early interventions can be initiated for optimal long-term outcomes.

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