Dr Emily Pieterse

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    [Currently on Maternity Leave]

    PhD QUT, BAppSc(Optom)(Hons) QUT, BAppSc (Med Sc) QUT, GradCert(OcTher) QUT

    Dr Emily Pieterse is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Contact Lens and Visual Optics Laboratory, and a sessional academic and supervising clinician within the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the Queensland University of Technology.

    Emily completed her PhD with CLVOL in early 2015, which aimed to better understand the role of near work in the development of myopia by investigating the ocular changes associated with accommodation in young adult myopes and emmetropes.  Following this, Emily began a postdoctoral research fellowship which involves both confidential industry and academic research projects from conception to analysis within the Contact Lens and Visual Optics Laboratory.  Emily’s main research areas include contributions to environmental myopia development, visual optics, contact lens development, and optical coherence tomography.  Her PhD and postdoctoral research into myopia has been published in high ranking peer-reviewed journals, and presented at domestic and international conferences.

    Combining her experiences as a practicing optometrist and myopia researcher, and specialty interest areas of contact lenses and ocular therapeutics; Emily developed and implemented the first Australian university-based myopia control clinic in 2014 within the QUT Optometry Clinic.  Emily delivers guest lectures and tutorials to postgraduate optometry students on topics such as myopia control, optical coherence tomography interpretation, and ocular therapeutics; and has assisted with supervision of multiple Master of Optometry student research projects.

    Emily has a 10 year history of service to the University through her positions on the Faculty of Health Academic Board and Equity Committee, and through organisation of the IHBI Inspires Conference 2015.  Emily also assumes leadership roles within the optometry profession through her work as Vice-President and Director for the Optometry Australia Queensland/Northern Territory board.


    • Teaching: Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award – Individual (Myopia Control Clinic) 2016, Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award – Team (Ocular Therapeutics Clinic) 2016
    • Academic: QUT University Medal 2009, Advanced Medical Optics Award 2008
    • Professional: Optometry Queensland/Northern Territory Young Optometrist of the Year 2013

    Research Grants

    • Investigator Initiated Study, Johnson and Johnson Vision Care Inc., Investigation of the impact of uncorrected astigmatism on night driving performance, Associate Investigator
    • QUT Teaching and Learning Grant, Simulated learning environments in optometry training: translation to clinical competence, Associate Investigator

    Sessional Teaching

    • Coordinator, Myopia Control Clinic (OPN362/462)
    • Guest lecturer, Master of Optometry 4th and 5th year units
    • Clinical supervision, Master of Optometry 4th and 5th year units: Therapeutics Clinic, Primary Care Clinic, Contact Lens Clinic, Myopia Control Clinic
    • Examination panel, Postgraduate Ocular Therapeutics (OPP002)