Swee Chai Teoh

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PhD Student

MHSc(Optom) UKM, BOptom(Hons) UKM


In October 2017, Swee Chai Teoh enrolled as a full-time PhD candidate at QUT under the supervision of Professor Michael Collins and Associate Professor Scott Read. Swee Chai graduated with a Bachelor of Optometry degree from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in 2001. She worked in private practice as a registered optometrist for 1-2 years and then commenced her masters research degree at UKM. In 2007, Swee Chai completed her masters degree and her thesis received the excellance award, UKM Anugerah Tesis Cemerlang 2007.

During the years from 2007 through to 2012, Swee Chai Teoh continued her passion for clinical optometry and also began part-time lecturing at both the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM); Delivering lectures on the topics of light perception, binocular vision, as well as vision assessment and case analysis. In 2012, Swee Chai accepted a post as a Senior Lecturer at the School of Optometry, National Institute of Ophthalmic Sciences (NIOS), an academic arm of the Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital, in Malaysia. During the period from January 2014 through to September 2017, Swee Chai performed the duties of Head of School for the NIOS School of Optometry. During these same years, Swee Chai was actively engaged in educating optometry undergraduate students, particularly in the areas of binocular vision, primary eye care, myopia and contact lens practice. Notably, she also worked closely with Professor Chen Ai-Hong, from UiTM, in the development of improved educational and assessment tools for implementation into the clinical optometry teaching programs at UiTM and NIOS.

Swee Chai Teoh has been active in her committee member position for the Conjoint Contact Lens Committee (2015-2017), and the Professional Qualification Assessment Committee (2017).

Swee Chai Teoh’s desire to undertake doctoral research at QUT has stemmed from her previous research experience working with myopic children, her passion to better understand blur detection characteristics, and her genuine desire to help alleviate the significantly high rate of myopia in her home country, Malaysia.