Jay South

With the support of her supervisors and University services, orthopist and mother Jay South is able to study her PhD in Optometry.

“I am an orthoptist with 16 years of clinical experience, working in the UK, USA and New Zealand. I chose the world ranked University of Auckland because of its excellent reputation internationally and because of the great teaching and working relationship it has with district health boards.

“I have been lucky to have amazingly supportive supervisors who allow me the flexibility to juggle full time study with my work and family life.”

“This has allowed me to pursue my PhD. My two children attend Te Ako o te Tui day care and the student fees that I am eligible for has helped enormously with the financial demands of full time studying and covering daycare costs.

I chose the world ranked University of Auckland because of its excellent reputation internationally and because of the great teaching and working relationship it has with district health boards.

Jay South PhD in Optometry

“My thesis is ‘Aniseikonia: A potential barrier to neural plasticity’ which investigates the role that image size difference plays in anisometropic amblyopia.

“The idea is to examine if we can improve the visual outcomes in the treatment of anisometropic amblyopia, if we correct for image size difference at the same time as correcting focusing difference.

“My hope is to identify a logical clinical assessment to identify and manage aniseikonia in the treatment of anisometropic amblyopia. I hope that my research will contribute to the understanding and improve treatment outcomes of patients with amblyopia and ocular motility disorders."