Dr Andrew Collins

BOptom MSc PhD CertOcPharm Auck.


Andrew is currently the Academic Director for the BOptom programme.  He is a registered optometrist and has worked in the School of Optometry and Vision Science since 1994. 

Research | Current

Andrew's primary area of research is the development of myopia (short-sight). In particular, the effects of environmental factors, including light exposure, on myopia development.

He also has an interest in the link between visual perception and refractive error, as a basis for the development of myopia based on differential visual adaption responses in individuals.

As a motorcyclist, Andrew is also interested in the role of vision in transportation.

Teaching | Current

Andrew teaches in the areas of clinical optometry, ocular disease and therapeutics, and vision science.


Academic Director, BOptom programme

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Collins, A. V. (2017). Myopia control - is it the new standard of care?. New Zealand Optics (March), 20-20. Related URL.
  • Anstice, N. S., Jacobs, R. J., Simkin, S. K., Thomson, M., Thompson, B., & Collins, A. V. (2017). Do picture-based charts overestimate visual acuity? Comparison of Kay Pictures, Lea Symbols, HOTV and Keeler logMAR charts with Sloan letters in adults and children. PLoS ONE, 12 (2)10.1371/journal.pone.0170839
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicola Anstice, Robert Jacobs, Benjamin Thompson, Samantha Simkin
  • Collins, A. V. (2017). Form Deprivation Myopia in the Guinea Pig and Chick: Influence of Ambient Lighting Parameters The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Phillips
  • Edgar, R., Russell, I., Sluyter, D., & Collins, A. V. (2015). Dynamic visual acuity training in cricket players. Optometry and Visual Performance, 3 (2), 159-168. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/36174
  • Collins, A. V., & Anstice, N. S. (2014). An investigation of the variation in visual acuity thresholds measured using Kay Picture optotypes when compared to a Landolt C Target. Paper presented at ISER (International Society for Eye Research): XXI Biennial Meeting, San Francisco, United States. 10 July - 24 July 2014. ISER XXI Biennial Meeting: Program and abstract book. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicola Anstice
  • Backhouse, S., Collins, A. V., & Phillips, J. R. (2013). Influence of periodic vs continuous daily bright light exposure on development of experimental myopia in the chick. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 33 (5), 563-572. 10.1111/opo.12069
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Phillips
  • Collins, A. V., Backhouse, S., & Phillips, J. R. (2013). Effect of high light levels on form-deprivation myopia and retinal dopamine levels in the Guinea pig. Paper presented at 14th International Myopia Conference, Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, California, USA. 19 August - 22 August 2013. 10.1111/opo.12088/epdf
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Phillips
  • Phillips, J. R., Backhouse, S., & Collins, A. V. (2012). Myopia, light and circadian rhythms. Advances in Ophthalmology (pp. 141-166). Croatia: Intech. 10.5772/29251
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/13356
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Phillips


Contact details

Primary location

M&HS BUILDING 503 - Bldg 503
Level 3, Room 365
New Zealand

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