Optometry Victoria's postgraduate travel grant winner

Postgraduate travel grant winner 2018

Optometry Victoria is delighted to announce that this year’s winner of our $1,000 international Postgraduate Travel Grant is Selwyn Prea.

Selwyn will be travelling to the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) conference in Hawaii in late April, for a poster presentation.

Selwyn’s research is investigating home-monitoring for age-related macular degeneration patients, using a tablet personal computer. It is expected that this may be particularly beneficial to patients living in rural and remote areas. It is also anticipated that weekly home-monitoring of vision may detect disease progression earlier than standard in-clinic reviews, leading to targeted therapeutic intervention.  

“The portability of iPads means that we have a platform to take monitoring of patients out of the clinic, with results being sent to the optometrist in real time. The optometrist can then interpret the information and make a clinical decision about whether the patient needs to be seen,” Selwyn said.

Selwyn has previously been employed as a research assistant and preclinical teaching instructor with the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He has also been employed as an optometrist in both independent and corporate optometry practices in metropolitan Melbourne since graduating eight years ago.

“Winning this award has given me the flexibility to go out and promote my research. ARVO is the biggest vision conference in the world, so what better platform through which to do this,” he said.

Selwyn is currently undertaking his PhD through the University of Melbourne, and expects to complete his degree in the next two to three years.