The outermost layer of the eye is highly susceptible to damage from the environment including from climate changes, air-borne allergens and air pollutants.
People living in regions affected by bushfires and smoke report very high levels of eye irritation, and this is exacerbated by pre-existing conditions (e.g. allergy, asthma, respiratory conditions (COVID-19)).
We have identified biological eye markers that can be used to measure and diagnose the body's and eye's response to environment and climate change, and to test novel approaches to prevention and treatment.
CCRC is a multi-disciplinary research centre with expertise in the areas of atmospheric, oceanic and terrestrial_processes, and the largest university research facility of its kind in Australia. Expertise provides the capability to assess risk associated with climate change, including risks to health, ecosystems, urban systems and financial stability.