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Low Vision Magnified

  • 12 Jul 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Online

Come join us in our highly anticipated collaborative panel on Low Vision. This is also our first webinar event free for anyone to join, YO members and non-YO members!

We are delighted to have four guest speakers from different professions come together to discuss the important topic of Low Vision; lecturer and Deputy Clinical Director of UNSW Optometry Clinic Dr. Sharon Oberstein, optometrist and Chairperson of Young Optometrists Dr. Wilson Luu and ophthalmologist Dr. Simon Chen. 

This panel will delve into low vision and its impact on visual function and daily living activities and clinical examination techniques. Furthermore, there will be a highlight on collaborative care, including the role of ophthalmologists in the management of low vision, as well as the effects on a patient’s mental health and the importance of appropriate support and referral channels. 

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About our speakers: 

Dr Sharon Oberstein 

Dr Sharon Oberstein is a lecturer, optometrist, and Deputy Clinic Director of the UNSW Optometry Clinic. She qualified as an optometrist in South Africa (Cum laude), obtained her PhD at UNSW Sydney and achieved senior fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA, UK), which recognises leadership, teaching and learning support in higher education.  Sharon has a special interest in working with individuals with vision impairment, her discipline related research focuses on driving with central visual impairment and bioptic telescopes, for which she was awarded the Menzies Research Scholarship in Allied Health Sciences in 2015.  Advanced skills in low vision have led to invitations to lecture at optometric and multidisciplinary conferences and contribute to rehabilitation planning committees. Read more here.

Dr Wilson Luu 

Dr Wilson Luu graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Optometry (Hons) and received an award in research. He completed his PhD in 2022 which explored the use of virtual reality in assessing vision, particularly in patients with age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma. In 2018, he co-established Lumiere Eyecare, an independent full scope optometry practice. He has special interests in low vision rehabilitation and services. He has also worked in both rural NSW and metropolitan Sydney and has travelled overseas to provide eye care to the Nepalese Everest community. He is an Associate Lecturer at UNSW and is involved in teaching at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Wilson is also the current Chairperson of Young Optometrists. Read more here

Dr Simon Chen 

Dr Simon Chen is an ophthalmologist with expertise in retinal and cataract surgery.  He practices at Vision Eye Institute across Sydney, and is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of London, then trained in Ophthalmology at the teaching hospitals of the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, UK and completed Vitreoretinal Surgery fellowships at the Oxford Eye Hospital and Lions Eye Institute, Australia. First surgeon in the world to perform femtosecond laser cataract surgery combined with retinal surgery. One of the first surgeons in the world to perform femtosecond laser cataract surgery. He is deeply involved in education and training, charitable work and has an impressive list of publications and medical journals. Read more here

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Learning Objectives:  

  1. To provide attendees with the fundamental knowledge of low vision and its impact on visual function and daily living activities as well as the confidence in clinical examination techniques in low vision assessment.
  2. To understand the role of ophthalmologists in the management and support of low vision patients. 
  3. To recognise the effects of vision loss of the mental health of patients in order to support and refer low vision patients appropriately. 
  4. To examine the supports that are available to low vision patients and the referral pathway for further examination and management. 

This webinar is FREE for anyone to join! If you have any questions that you would like to send in beforehand, please email them to us at  If you are not a member and would like to learn about our membership, you can do so here.

CPD hours has been applied for this event. A certificate of attendance will be provided at the conclusion of the event. 

To register, please click here. Registration is required, otherwise you will not be able to join the webinar. Please register by 5pm 12th July 2022.

Special thank you to CooperVision for their unwavering support of Young Optometrists for making these events happen! 

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