Conjunctivitis treatment gets $13m from Brandon Capital for local trial
February 28, 2018 - The Australian Financial Review

There is currently no effective treatment for viral conjunctivitis, which comprises about 80 per cent of all conjunctivitis cases in adults, according to Professor Stephanie Watson, an opthalmic surgeon at Sydney Eye Hospital whom Okogen has hired to run the trial.

"Conjunctivitis is very common and highly contagious. Once you've got it, you're infectious for two weeks and you've go a 50 per cent chance of passing it on to somebody else," she said.
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Photo: Louise Kennerley. Sourced from The Australian Financial Review

Eyesight experts issue warning on diet which can lead to blindness
October 15, 2016 - The Sydney Morning Herald

"We were terrified that he was going to lose his sight," Ms Moore said. "It seemed to be getting worse."

But when Professor Watson examined Cian, she diagnosed him with a condition much more banal than the rare disease his mother anticipated. Professor Watson had become familiar with the phenomenon from her time working in Kenya as a medical student, and it was the fourth case she had encountered in Australia.

The eye of a 14-year-old child suffering from vitamin A deficiency. Photo: Medical Journal of Australia

The Sunday Telegraph - iPad tantrums: Experts say parents should limit kids’ technology use
February 10, 2016 - Jordan Baker

" Each of my sons has their own iPad. We restrict them to an hour at a time, no more than two or three times a week."

"But I hear that surgeons who play computer games actually have better hand-eye coordination. Plus, the promise of the iPad will prompt them to tidy up."

Prof Stephanie Watson with her three sons. Picture: Sam Ruttyn.

Save Sight Institute - Hands Off Your Eyes
Sept 2, 2015
“According to Professor Stephanie Watson from the Save Sight Institute, “Eye rubbing is often caused by allergies, and this can become a problematic habit. In chronic eye rubbers, more severe keratoconus often corresponds with the dominant hand.”

The Daily Telegraph - Tips to stay safe and out of the hospital emergency department this festive season
Dec 19, 2014 - Laura Aubusson

During summer Stephanie Watson, professor at Sydney Eye Hospital, notices a spike in the number of people presenting with eye problems due to poor eye care.

“We see many young people at this time of year who have gone out partying and forgot to take their contact lenses out before falling asleep, or who have gone swimming in contact lenses,” she said.

“This leads to an increase in the number of cases of eye infection which can result in loss of vision and corneal scarring.”

The New York Times - A Debatable Fix for Young Eyes
Nov 3, 2014 - Sindya N. Bhanoo
“One recent report in the journal Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology found that infections from ortho-k lenses led to corneal scarring and permanent vision loss in four children in Australia.”

mivision - Save Sight Launches Keratoconus Registry
Aug 11, 2014
According to Prof. Watson, “many therapies, devices and surgical procedures have been developed to treat Keratoconus, but few have been evaluated using post -market surveillance, and there is no system in place to collect such data nationally. Keratoconus tends to affect young adults and has a significant public health impact”.

The Daily Telegraph - Pride of Australia: Prof Stephanie Watson is changing people’s lives one pair of eyes at a time
Aug 3, 2014 - Jordan Baker
“It struck me you could ­ make a difference. You can change people’s lives, you can restore vision in people who can’t see,” she said.

7 News report - Watching out for work dangers
July 30, 2014 - Dr Andrew Rochford
Most of us take our sight for granted, but our eyes are extremely vulnerable. Interview with Prof Stephanie Watson.
Professor Stephanie Watson - Watching Out for Work Dangers
mivision - Young Worker Blinded Cleaning Beer Lines  
July 29, 2014
Professor Stephanie Watson from the Sydney Eye Hospital and Save Sight Institute, said many young workers in particular don’t fully understand the dangers of working with chemicals and are unaware of the need to wear protective eyewear. She is calling on eye care professionals to advise their patients on the importance of eye safety.

“Alkali is worse than acid because it penetrates the eye, whereas acid sits on the surface,” said Professor Watson, adding that alkaline chemicals can be found in products such as commercial cleaners and liquid concrete.

Diffusion Science Radio - Healing Corneas and Building Robots  
Dec 9, 2013
Professor Stephanie Watson spoke with Ian Woolf about how she heals corneas with stem cells.

MedIndia - Surgical Glue Made from Crab Shells  
March 30, 2010 - Rajshri

AAP - Crab shell glue could replace stitches  
March 30, 2010
SurgiLux co-inventor, Associate Professor John Foster, who leads the University of NSW's Biopolymer Research Group, said it could also be used safely in brain and nerve surgery.

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