Optometry and Vision Sciences at Melbourne optometrist Dr Laura Downie is leading a project to develop a revolutionary point-of-care device that looks to be a game-changer in the diagnosis and sub-typing of dry eye disease.

Dr Downie next to ADMiER banner

Acoustically-Driven Microfluidic Extensional Rheometry (ADMiER) is the first-of-its-kind device, and will enable eye-care practitioners to gently take a patient’s tear-drop and use it immediately in their practice to determine if the patient has dry eye and, if so, the sub-type of the disease.

Laura recently received the 2019 American Academy of Optometry Foundation Korb-Exford award to help fund the project, in addition to an NHMRC Development Grant in 2019.