The Myopia Control Clinic operated alongside the Auckland Myopia Lab, at the University of Auckland Grafton Campus. We are constantly undertaking research, and presenting the results of our research around the world, and publishing in peer-reviewed journals. 
The humble origins of the Myopia Control Clinic. As part of the University of Auckland Eye Clinic, we now have access to up to 16 testing rooms. The research labs include clinical, wet and dry labs within the Faculty of Medical and Health Science Campus in Grafton. 

The humble origins of the Myopia Control Clinic. As part of the University of Auckland Eye Clinic, we now have access to up to 16 testing rooms. The research labs include clinical, wet and dry labs within the Faculty of Medical and Health Science Campus in Grafton. 

Areas of Research:

We are currently working in the following areas, and welcome expressions of interest for collaboration and post-graduate research.

  • Arterial spin labelling magnetic resonance imaging (ASL-MRI)
  • Multifocal electroretinogram (mf-ERG)
  • Emmetropisation
  • Choroidal thickness and perfusion
  • Virtual reality
  • Light exposure and refractive development
  • Clinical Myopia Control (orthokeratology, atropine, dual focus contact lenses, peripheral refraction)

Peer-reviewed Publications:

  • Turnbull, PRK., Irani, N., Lim, N., Phillips, JR. (2017) Origins of Pupillary Hippus in the Autonomic Nervous System. Investigative Opthalmology and Vision Science. Link
  • Dakin, S.C., Turnbull, P.R.K. (2016) Similar contrast sensitivity functions measured using psychophysics and optokinectic nystagmus. Scientific Reports. Link.
  • Turnbull, P.R.K., Munro, O.J., Phillips, J.R. (2016) Contact Lens Methods for Clinical Myopia Control. Optometry and Vision Science. Link.
  • Watters, G., Turnbull, P.R.K., Swift, S., Petty, A., Craig, J.P. (2016) Ocular surface microbiome in meibomian gland dysfunction in Auckland, New Zealand. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology Link.
  • Turnbull, P.R.K., Backhouse, S., Phillips, J. (2015) Visually guided eye growth in the squid. Current Biology:25(18)791-792. Link.
  • Chiang, S.T.H., Phillips, J.R., Backhouse, S. (2015) Effect of retinal image defocus on the thickness of the human choroid. Ophthalmic Physiological Optics:35(4)405-13. Link.
  • Craig, J.P., Chen, Y., Turnbull, P.R. (2015) Prospective trial of intense pulsed light for the treatment of meibomian gland dysfunction. Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science, 14, 15764. Link.
  • Phillips, J., Loertscher, M., and Anstice, N. (2014) Myopia Progression: can we control it?  Optometry in Practice:14(1)33-44. Link.
  • Turnbull, P. R. (2014). Emmetropisation in the Camera-Type Eye of the Squid. ResearchSpace@Auckland, The University of Auckland. Link. 
  • Backhouse, S., Collins, A. V., & Phillips, J. R. (2013). Influence of periodic vs continuous daily bright light exposure on development of experimental myopia in the chick. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 33 (5), 563-572. Link.
  • Backhouse S, Fox S, Ibrahim B & Phillips JR. (2012) Peripheral refraction in myopia corrected with spectacles versus contact lenses. Ophth Physiol Opt. Jul;32(4):294-303. Link.
  • Kwok E, Patel B, Backhouse S, Phillips JR. (2012) Peripheral refraction in high myopia with spherical soft contact lenses. Optom Vis Sci. Mar;89(3):263-70. Link.
  • Anstice, N. S., & Phillips, J. R. (2011). Effect of Dual-Focus soft contact lens wear on axial myopia progression in children. Ophthalmology, 118 (6), 1152-1161. Link.
  • Backhouse S, Phillips JR. (2010) Effect of induced myopia on scleral myofibroblasts and in vivo ocular biomechanical compliance in the guinea pig. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 51(12):6162-71. Link.
  • Phillips JR, Anstice NS. Réduction de la progression de la myopie chez l'enfant avec la lentille souple "Dual-Focus". La Revue D'Optometrie. 2010;34(Juillet):22-5.

Conference Presentations:

2017

  • Turnbull, P.R. (2017). The Effect of Virtual Reality on the Eyes. The 16th International Myopia Conference in Birmingham, UK.
  • Philips, J.R (2017). The interaction of atropine and optical defocus on choroidal thickness. The 16th International Myopia Conference in Birmingham, UK.
  • Aitken, A., Phillips, J., Turnbull, P.R. (2017) Depth from defocus: plasticity in the New Zealand Jumping spider eye. 16th International Myopia Conference, Birmingham, UK
  • Goodman, L., Turnbull, P.R., Phillips, J. (2017) The relationship between peripheral refraction and retinal electrophysiology. 16th International Myopia Conference, Birmingham, UK
  • Lee, N., Khanal, S., Turnbull, P.R., Phillips, J. (2017) Effect of Atropine on Human Multifocal Electroretinogram Responses to Defocus. 16th International Myopia Conference, Birmingham, UK
  • Khanal, S., Turnbull, P., Vaghefi, E., Phillips, J. (2017) Intra- and inter-sessional reproducibility of blood perfusion MRI measures in the human choroid. 16th International Myopia Conference, Birmingham, UK
  • Phillips J., Turnbull P., Chiang S.T. (2017) Interaction of atropine and retinal image defocus on choroidal thickness in children with myopia. 16th International Myopia Conference, Birmingham, UK
  • Craig, J.P., Frame, K., Turnbull, P., Rupenthal, I.,Swift, S., Watters, G. (2017) Cyclodextrin complexed MGO™ Mānuka honey eye cream as an alternative to tea tree oil for treating ocular Demodex. AAO 2017, Chicago, USA

2016

  • Khanal S., Turnbull, P.R.K., Phillips, J.R. (2016). Defocus induced changes in retinal electrophysiology responses and the effects of atropine. AAO 2016, California, USA
  • Dakin, S., & Turnbull, P. (2016). Similar estimates of contrast sensitivity and acuity from psychophysics and automated analysis of optokinetic nystagmus. VSS 2016, Florida, USA. In Journal of Vision 16(12):1331. doi:10.1167/16.12.1331
  • Khanal, S., Turnbull, PRK., Phillips, JR.  (2016) Defocus induced changes in retinal electrophysiology responses and the effects of atropine. American Academy of Optometry Conference, Anaheim, USA. 

2015 and earlier

  • Turnbull, P.R.K. & Phillips, J. (2015) Retrospective case-series from a Myopia Control Clinic. 2015 American Academy of Optometry Conference, New Orleans, USA. 
  • Chiang, S.T.H., Cheng, P., Phillips, J.R. (2015) Atropine inhibits thinning of the human choroid induced by hyperopic retinal defocus. 2015 American Academy of Optometry Conference, New Orleans, USA. 
  • Collins, A.V., Devanandan, D., Nanda, S., Anstice, N.S. (2015) Influence of Country of Early Education and Ethnicity on Myopia Prevalence in a New Zealand Student Population. 2015 American Academy of Optometry Conference, New Orleans, USA. 
  • Chiang, S.T.H., Cheng, P., Phillips, J.R. (2015) Effect of atropine on the response of human choroid to hyperopic defocus. 15th International Myopia Conference, Wenzhou, China. Link
  • Chiang, S.T.H., Backhouse, S., Phillips, J.R.,(2014) Effect of contact lens induced retinal image defocus on the thickness of the human choroid. 9th Asia Cornea and Contact Lens Conference, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Link.
  • Turnbull, P. (2013). Emmetropisation: From Sea Side To The Clinic. NZAO Conference 2013, Wellington, New Zealand. Link.
  • Loertscher, M. (2013) Multifocal orthokeratology associated with rapid shortening of vitreous chamber depth in eyes of myopic children. BCLA Conference 2013, Manchester, UK. Link.
  • Collins, A. V., Backhouse, S., & Phillips, J. R. (2013). Effect of high light levels on form-deprivation myopia and retinal dopamine levels in the guinea pig. 14th International Myopia Conference, California, USA. Link.
  • Loertscher, M., Phillips, J. R., & Backhouse, S. (2013). Multifocal orthokeratology (MOK) shortens vitreous chamber depth in children with progressive myopia. 14th International Myopia Conference, California, USA. Link.
  • Turnbull, P., Phillips, J. R., & Backhouse, S. (2013). Emmetropisation in an invertebrate. 14th International Myopia Conference, California, USA. Link.
  • Phillips, J.R. (2013) Setting up a Myopia Control Clinic. Clinical Translational Research Series - Focus on Myopia, UC Berkeley, USA. Link.
  • Turnbull, P., Backhouse, S., & Phillips, J. R. (2010). Visual acuity, refractive status and accommodation in Octopus gibbsi. 13th International Myopia Conference, Tübingen, Germany. Link.
  • Backhouse, S., Ng, H., & Phillips, J. R. (2010). Light exposure patterns in children: a pilot study. 13th International Myopia Conference, Tübingen, Germany. Link.
  • Collins, A., Backhouse, S., Tan, E., & Thompson, B. (2010). Psychophysical measurements of blur adaptation in myopia. 13th International Myopia Conference, Tübingen, Germany. Link.
  • Phillips, J. R. and Anstice, N. (2010). Design, Efficacy and clinical use of a dual-focus soft contact lens to slow myopia progression. 13th International Myopia Conference, Tübingen, Germany. Link.
  • Owens, H., and Phillips, J. R. (2010). Accommodation in young adults with anisometropia induced with a contact lens monovision prescription. 13th International Myopia Conference, Tübingen, Germany. Link.

Book Chapters and Patents:

  • Phillips, J.R., Backhouse, S., Collins, A.V. (2012). Myopia, Light and Circadian Rhythms, Advances in Ophthalmology, Dr Shimon Rumelt (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-51-0248-9, InTech. Link.
  • Phillips JR (2011). Contact lens and method for prevention of myopia progression. Patent number: US 7,997,725 (United States). Application number: 12/801,705. Status Published. Awarded date: 16 Aug 2011. Link.