Retinal Structure and Function Laboratory


Research Overview

Much is already known about structural and  functional changes caused by retinal disease, but interest has recently turned  to the complex interrelationship between these changes. For example, glaucoma  leads to death of the retinal ganglion cells seen as structural changes in the optic nerve head and retinal nerve fibre layer, and to changes in visual function as measured with perimetry, but the relationship between these structural  and functional measures of glaucomatous damage is incompletely understood.

The Retinal Structure and Function  Laboratory (RSFL) aims to increase our understanding of the link between  structural and functional measures of damage in disease using complementary  approaches that include: full field electroretinography, dark and light adapted perimetry, dark adaptation, and optical coherence tomography. Understanding the  relationship between retinal structure and function contributes to our  conception of disease processes and allows the development of novel clinical  tests that may aid in the management of retinal disease by allowing early  detection and/or more effective monitoring.


Mr Marcin Falkowski


  • Professor Samuel Jacobson, Associate Professor Artur Cideciyan - Scheie Eye Institute, USA
  • Professor Barbara Gillam - Psychology, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Dr Colin Clifford - Psychology, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Dr Erica Fletcher - Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Melbourne, Australia

Research Projects

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Mental Health, Practice and service improvement

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Lab Director Dr Michael Pianta

Department / Centre

Optometry and Vision Sciences

Unit / Centre

Retinal Structure and Function Laboratory

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