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Our Experts

The myopia experts listed below will feature in our docu-series videos where they will answer all the tough questions, including:

  • Explaining the disease in depth so you understand exactly what myopia is and the risks associated with myopia and high myopia.
  • Offering advice about treatment pathways and what you can expect from your optometrist.
  • Recommending what parents should look out for and what to do if they think their child might have a distance vision problem.
Be watching on 14 May when we go live with our myopia docu-series.
Angelica Ly
Angelica Ly


Angelica Ly
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BOptom (Hons), GradCertOcTher, FAAO

Integrated Care Co-ordinator and Principal Staff Optometrist, Centre for Eye Health

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Angelica obtained her Bachelor of Optometry (Hons) and graduate certificate in ocular therapeutics from UNSW. Since joining the CFEH team in 2011, Angelica is regularly involved in the provision of cutting-edge clinical care using advanced imaging. She is committed to improving the standard of care in optometry through undergraduate and postgraduate continuing education initiatives.

She also practices on a locum basis and has a passion for evidence based optometry, ocular disease and clinical research. Her areas of interest include pigmented fundus lesions and macular disease. 

Angelica is also currently undertaking a PhD on “Multimodal evaluation of macular structure and function in age-related macular degeneration”.
Dr Kate Gifford
Dr Kate Gifford


Dr Kate Gifford
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PhD, BAppSc (Optom) Hons, GradCertOcTher, FBCLA, FIACLE, FCCLSA, FAAO, GAICD

Optometrist & Specialty Contact Lenses, Gerry & Johnson Optometrists
Clinical Optometrist, School of Optometry and Vision Science QUT
Immediate Past President, Optometry Australia

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Dr Gifford is a clinical optometrist and owner of Gerry & Johnson Optometrists, a niche independent practice in the Brisbane CBD with specialty interests in contact lenses, binocular vision, paediatric optometry and myopia control.

She graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2003 with First Class Honours and a University Medal. Dr Gifford is currently completing a part-time PhD in orthokeratology, binocular vision and visual optics, has four professional fellowships in clinical practice, contact lenses and teaching (FBCLA, FIACLE, FCCLSA, FAAO) and authored 37 professional and peer-reviewed publications.

As a peer educator, she has presented over 70 lectures at conferences in Australia, USA, Europe and Asia. Since 2007, Dr Gifford has been a Visiting Lecturer at QUT and in 2010 won a QUT Vice Chancellor’s Teaching and Learning Excellence Award. She has also provided volunteer contact lens education for the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology.
Pauline Kang
Pauline Kang


Dr Pauline Kang
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PhD, BOptom (Hons), GradCertOcTher

Lecturer, School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW

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Dr Kang is a Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW. Her research focuses on optical strategies of myopia control, in particular, exploring optical changes induced by various types of contact lenses to better understand how different contact lenses induce myopia control effects. This also extends to exploring changes in visual function, binocularity and accommodation with contact lenses used for myopia control with the aim of improving efficacy of current myopia control devices.

Dr Kang also coordinates the Myopia Clinic at the UNSW Optometry Clinic, to not only provide a clinic dedicated to myopia management, but to teach undergraduate Optometry and Vision Science students current evidence-based management of progressive myopia.
Prof. Kathryn Rose
Prof. Kathryn Rose


Prof. Kathryn Rose
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PhD, Grad. Dip. Neuroscience, Dip.App.Sci (Orthoptics)

Head of Orthoptics, University of Technology Sydney

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Professor Kathryn Rose is a leading international researcher on the development of vision and refractive errors in children and adolescents. She has combined her clinical and research skills to focus on ophthalmic epidemiology and childhood vision.

With a particular passion for paediatric eye care, Dr Rose has brought a personal emphasis to research in the development of ocular structures and functions, particularly the development of myopia and other refractive errors and to vision screening in children, with a focus on prevention and evidence-based practice in eye health care.
Daniel Tilia
Daniel Tilia


Daniel Tilia
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BOptom (Hons), MOptom, GradCertOcTher, FBCLA, FAAO

Clinical Research Manager
Brien Holden Vision Institute

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Daniel is a part time PhD candidate at the UNSW, assessing the impact of binocular vision disorders on contact lens dissatisfaction.

He spent 16 years in private practice before joining the Brien Holden Institute in 2006. He has also been a clinical supervisor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales since 1994.

He has published on a variety of ophthalmic topics, including ocular pathology, contact lens case contamination, contact lens compliance, contact lens deposition, contact lens solution compatibility and novel contact lenses for correcting presbyopia
Dr Monica Jong
Dr Monica Jong


Dr Monica Jong
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PhD, BOptom

High Myopia Researcher, Brien Holden Vision Institute
Visiting Fellow, School of Optometry and Vision Science UNSW
Secretary, IAPB Refractive Error Working Group
Executive Manager, International Myopia Institute

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Doctor Monica Jong is a Senior Research Fellow at Brien Holden Vision Institute and a Visiting Fellow at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales Australia. She was co-author of a paper published in 2015, which projected that around half the world's population will have myopia by 2050, with close to 1 billion having high levels of myopia.

Her research focuses on clinical treatments to slow down myopia development in children and identifying high myopia risk factors to better target treatments.
Kathleen Watt
Kathleen Watt


Kathleen Watt
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OD, BOptom (Hons)

Clinic Director, School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW

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Kathleen is Director of the UNSW Optometry Clinic. Her research interests include myopia control, and binocular vision function. She has worked with Dr Pauline Kang at the UNSW Myopia Clinic since 2015.
Dr Simon Chen
Dr Simon Chen


Dr Simon Chen
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MBBS BSc (Hons) FRANZCO

Opthalmologist, Vision Eye Institute

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Dr Simon Chen is a highly experienced ophthalmic surgeon who dedicates his practice to the treatment of retinal disease and cataract surgery.

He is an expert in modern techniques of vitrectomy surgery to treat epiretinal membranes, macular holes, diabetic retinopathy, floaters, retinal detachments and ocular trauma; and eye (intravitreal) injections for age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusions.
SooJin Nam
SooJin Nam


SooJin Nam
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BOptom, MBA (Exec)

Owner Eyecare Kids
Director Eye Care Plus

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SooJin graduated from the School of Optometry at UNSW in 2000. Two years later, she started her first practice after winning a Shell Livewire business plan competition. Ms Nam then completed an executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. Her and her business partner had been active members of ProVision for 9 years and then joined Eyecare Plus.

It wasn’t long before Eyecare Kids was created and their 3 businesses turned into 6. SooJin Nam has a special interest in children’s vision, myopia control and learning difficulties, and in particular, the impact vision has on learning and concentration. Soojin and her practices were fortunate to have been the recipient of multiple business awards.
Prof. Padmaja Sankaridurg
Prof. Padmaja Sankaridurg


Prof. Padmaja Sankaridurg
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PhD, MIP, BOptom

Myopia Program Leader, Brien Holden Vision Institute
Conjoint Professor, School of Optometry and Vision Science UNSW

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Prof Sankaridurg is one of the world’s leading myopia researchers and has been actively researching strategies to slow myopia since 2003. She is currently Head of Myopia Program at the Brien Holden Vision Institute.

Prof Sankaridurg was part of the team that won the Australian CRC Assocation award for Excellence in Innovation in 2011 and the Garland Clay Award from the American Academy of Optometry in 2013 for the most widely cited article, which was based on novel spectacle designs for myopia control.
Prof. Kovin Naidoo
Prof. Kovin Naidoo


Prof. Kovin Naidoo
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OD, MPH, PhD, FAAO, FCOptom (Hons)

CEO, Brien Holden Vision Institute
Global Director, Our Children’s Vision

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Professor Kovin Naidoo is the CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute. He is an academic, former anti-apartheid activist and political prisoner, optometrist and an internationally celebrated public health leader.

Prof Naidoo is on the Advisory Board of the International Myopia Institute, is a member of the Vision Loss Expert Group which has assisted the WHO's Globlal Burden of Disease study, a member of the World Council of Optometry Executive committee and the Board of Trustees of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

He is also Global Director of Our Children’s Vision, a global campaign working to upscale, accelerate and expand access to eye health services to all children. Prof Naidoo has published extensively in epidemiology and public health and initiated the formation of the African Vision Research Institute.
Margaret Lam
Margaret Lam


Margaret Lam
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BOptom, GradCertOcTher

Optometrist and Head of Optometry Services, George and Matilda Eyecare.
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Optometry and Vision Science, (UNSW).
State President of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia NSW (CCLSA).

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Margaret Lam graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2001. She started theeyecarecompany in 2005, a small group of optometry practices that focus on professional eyecare across locations in greater Sydney and Sydney CBD.

She practices full scope optometry, but with a passionate interest in all aspects of contact lenses, retail aspects of optometry and successful patient communication. She has extensive experience in specialty contact lens fitting including keratoconus, orthokeratology, and all types of corneal ectasia has been a past recipient of the Neville Fulthorpe Award for Clinical Excellence.

She currently serves as the State President of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia for NSW, the Optometry Board of Councillors in Optometry Australia for NSW/ACT division, and is also an extensive educator and speaker on topics spanning business building, retail aspects of optometry, contact lenses, specialty contact lenses, and patient communication.
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