Dr Tina Gao

PhD. BOptom.


I am a lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Auckland. My research interests include the clinical use of eye tracking, differences in image size between eyes (aniseikonia), binocular vision, amblyopia, and clinical optometry.

I completed my PhD at the University of Auckland under the supervision of Dr Benjamin Thompson, Dr Nicola Anstice and Dr Joanna Black. The main project in my PhD was the Binocular treatment for amblyopia using videogames (BRAVO) clinical trial. I also studied aspects of binocular vision in amblyopia, including phenomena such as interocular suppression.

I am also a fully qualified and New Zealand registered optometrist, with previous experience in private practice before my PhD.



Research | Current

My research interests include:

  • Binocular vision, amblyopia, and associated conditions
  • Clinical applications of eye tracking
  • Perceived image size differences (aniseikonia) in patients with amblyopia and/or suppression.
  • Interocular suppression
  • Stereopsis
  • Clinical vision testing
  • Use of technology to support teaching

Teaching | Current

  • OPTOM 442 (Binocular Vision topics)
  • OPTOM 316 (Binocular Vision and Dispensing)
  • OPTOM 272 (Vision science)
  • OPTOM 216 (Clinical Optometry)
  • Clinical supervision of Part 4 and Part 5 students at the Grafton Optometry Clinic
  • Supervision of BOptom student research projects

Postgraduate supervision

Co-supervising a PhD project investigating the role of aniseikonia in anisometropic amblyopia, with Dr Joanna Black (main supervisor) and Dr Andrew Collins (co-supervisor). Candidate: Ms Jayshree South

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 503 - Bldg 503
Level 3, Room 363
New Zealand