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

  • Yeoman, J., Acost, M.L., Collins, A.C., Phillips, J.R. (2017) Atropine Immunocolocalisation In Form-Deprived Chick Eyes.
  • 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.