Professor Stephanie Watson

NHMRC Career Development Fellow and Clinical Professor
Clinical Ophthalmology & Eye Health, Central Clinical School
Save Sight Institute

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Biographical details

Stephanie is a clinician researcher and innovator. She is head of the Ocular Repair Group at the Save Sight Institute and an NHMRC Career Development Fellow.

As head of the Ocular Repair Group she leads a research program focused on innovative solutions to restore sight and promote ocular health. In 2015, she has been selected for the Medical Device Commercialisation Training Program, ATP Innovations and the NSW Office for Health and Medical Research. Organisations that have funded her research include the NHMRC, Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia, Australian Stem Cell Centre, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, Keratoconus Australia, Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation, and Fight for Sight UK. She has published 100 articles in high-ranked peer reviewed journals and book chapters, and holds international patents. Stephanie has given over 100 presentations at national and international meetings.

Stephanie is known for her ground-breaking research in corneal therapies. She has been a Pride of Australia award nominee and a UNSW Early stage innovation award finalist. She received the Gustav Nossal Medical and Dental Post-graduate Research NHMRC scholarship; this is awarded to the highest ranked applicant. She has also received awards from Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society, and was awarded the ‘Les is more’ grand final award, episode winner and people’s choice award on the The New Inventors, ABC Television, for developing a stem cell therapy.

Her work has also been featured in the international and national TV news, radio and print media. Highlights include features on the ABC's Insight program, CatalystTV program, the New York Times and in the bright ideas section of the Qantas ‘inflight’ magazine. As well as in the BBC news, Al Jarezza, The Australian and in the national news on Channel 7, 10, and SBS.

As an ophthalmic surgeon Stephanie specializes in cataract, corneal and laser surgery in adults and children. She has appointments as at the Sydney Eye Hospital, Sydney Children's and Prince of Wales Hospital, and St Vincent’s Private Hospital.

Stephanie graduated with first class honors from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Medical Science, followed by a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. During her PhD studies she developed a new therapy for dry eye and corneal ulcer; resulting in an international patent. She completed sub-speciality training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London in cornea and cataract. She is a fellow of RANZCO.

Stephanie is a conjoint senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales; Chair of the Public Health Committee, RANZCO; Director of the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia; Editor for the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group UK; NSW representative of the Corneal Society. She is a member of the ARVO Strategic Global Partnerships working committee; RANZCO congress programme committee; and curriculum review committee for Evidence Based Medicine, RANZCO.

Research interests

Clin Prof Watson leads a research program focused on innovative solutions for ocular repair and regeneration.

Teaching and supervision

Ophthalmology

Current projects

Ocular Repair Group

Group leader: Clinical Professor Stephanie Watson

Prof Watson is supported by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (APP1050524)

1. OCULAR INFECTION

Serious Ocular Infections Project

Team:Professor Stephanie Watson, Dr Dana Robaei, Associate Professor Alex Hunyor, Mr Eamon Brown

Ocular infection can irreversibly damage the eyes structures resulting in vision loss and even blindness. Prompt use of appropriate antimicrobials can preserve vision. Antimicrobial resistance is emerging as a significant problem. Rational antimicrobial use for ocular infection has the potential to save sight. We aim to determine the pattern of pathogenic microbes and prevalence of antimicrobial resistance in the most common, serious and sight-threatening infections encountered in the field of ophthalmology, namely endophthalmitis (infection of the globe) and microbial keratitis (infection of the cornea).

This project is supported by the Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation

Antiviral therapy for herpes simplex keratitis

Team:Professor Stephanie Watson, Dr Dana Robaei, Dr Maria Cabrera Aguas, Dr Dr Yi Chiao-Li

Herpes Simplex keratitis is the leading cause of infectious blindness in developed nations and is commonly seen at the Sydney Eye Hospital. To save sight we will develop Australian guidelines for anti-viral therapy for this infection.

This project is supported by the Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation

Sutureless antimicrobial surgery

Team:Associate Professor John Foster Professor Stephanie Watson, Dr Jack Tan

Sutures are used to seal ocular wounds and for corneal surgery, such as transplantation. Sutures however have a number of significant disadvantages, including acting as a nidus for infection. The team has developed an innovative laser-activated chitosan bioadhesive that can be rapidly applied to the eye and has a high burst pressure. It is also capable of delivering anti-infective and anti-inflammatory agents to wounds.

An NHMRC project grant (IDID 1067749) has been awarded for this project.

2. FIGHT CORNEAL BLINDNESS PROJECT

Save Sight Registries Keratoconus Module

Team:Professor Stephanie Watson, Associate Professor Mark Daniell, Dr Daniel Barthelmes, Dr Martina Bosch, Dr John Males, Dr Yves Kerdraon

This project will utilise technology of the Fight Retinal Blindness Project led by Prof Mark Gilles, Save Sight Institute, to develop a national registry to collect high quality data outcomes from patients in clinical settings on the corneal cross-linking. Nationally we are partnering with Prof Mark Daniell, CERA, Victoria and our international partners Dr Martina Bosch and Dr Daniel Barthelmes are based in Switzerland. National data collected with ourworld-leading technology will be used to formulate evidence based management guidelines, evaluate new interventions and report patient related outcomes.

Keratoconus Australia and the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia have provided seed funding for this project.

National Surveillance Studies

Team:Professor Stephanie Watson, Associate Professor Nick Di GIrolamo, Professor Peter McCluskey, Professor Denis Wakefield, Associate Professor Damien Harkin

In partnership with the Australian and New Zealand Ophthalmic Surviellance Unit we are investigating the national incidence of scarring disease of the eye surface (Ocular Cicatricial Pemphigoid, Steven Johnson Syndrome) and end-stage limbal stem cell failure.

3. DRY EYE AND BLEPHARITIS

Novel treatments

Team:Professor Stephanie Watson, Dr Ken Ooi

Dry eye and blepharitis (eyelid inflammation) are the commonest eye disorders, affecting up to 40% of people. Many continue to suffer despite available therapies. We have developed a novel therapy and in a pilot clinical trial showed success in treating blepharitis with dry eye.

We are seeking funding for Phase II trials.

Dry eye and aromatase inhibitors for breast cancer

Team:Professor Stephanie Watson, Dr Holly Inglis, Prof Michael Friedlander, A/Prof Frances Boyle, Dr Yi Chiao-Li

We have conducted the first prospective survey study of breast cancer patients on aromatase inhibitors and found increased dry eye. We now have funding from the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia to investigate this group further.

Stem cell repair

Team: A/Professor Nick Di Girolamo, Professor Stephanie Watson

Professor Watson and Associate Professor Di Girolamo have developed novel and world first stem cell transplantation techniques that have successfully restored sight to patients. Stem cells are needed to restore clear vision and comfort to the ocular surface. Current research is focussing on the factors to promote stem cell repair of the ocular surface.

This work has been supported by an UNSW Goldstar award.

Associations

Women on Boards

Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology

American Academy of Ophthalmology

Corneal Society

Sydney University Alumni

University of New South Wales Alumni

Australian Society of Ophthalmologists

Awards and honours

NHMRC Career Development Fellowship

Pride of Australia Nominee

Dunlop Fellowship. Asialink Leaders Programme

Young investigator award, Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society

‘Les is more’ grand final award, episode winner and people’s choice award. The New Inventors, ABC Television, for Autologous ex vivo cultured limbal epithelial cell transplantation.

In the media

Medical Devices Fund award night, NSW Health

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v59pypPZw6I&feature=youtu.be

Save Sight Registries: Keratoconus module, radio interview November 2015

http://www.2rph.org.au/listen/audio-archive.

Hands off your eyes

http://www.savesightinstitute.org.au/news/hands-off-your-eyes/

New York Times, 3 Nov 2014 (Circulation 1,865,315 Daily)

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/04/science/a-debatable-fix-for-young-eyes-with-myopia.html?_r=0

The Daily Telegraph (circulation 280,731), Southern Courier (circulation 46,114), 21 Dec 2014

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/city-east/tips-to-stay-safe-and-out-of-the-hospital-emergency-department-this-festive-season/story-fngr8h22-1227157905434?nk=6c608674bcfca4bbe5f571c548d046f9

The Australian Stem Cell handbook

http://www.stemcellfoundation.net.au/docs/patient-handbook/the-australian-stem-cell-handbook.pdf?sfvrsn=4

http://www.mivision.com.au/save-sight-launches-keratoconus-registry/

Pride of Australia nomination, Daily Telegraph. 2nd August 2014

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/pride-of-australia/pride-of-australia-prof-stephanie-watson-is-changing-peoples-lives-one-pair-of-eyes-at-a-time/story-fnisjx5h-1227011246851

Channel 7 news, Watching out for work place dangers. July 30th 2014

https://au.news.yahoo.com/nsw/video/watch/24589111/watching-out-for-work-dangers/

Mivision, http://www.mivision.com.au/young-worker-blinded-cleaning-beer-lines/

Insight, SBS Television, Stem cell therapy, July 15th 2014

2UE, Regenerative Medicine, July 27th 2014

Solutions for sore eyes, You Tube video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJtUIOd0A0o

Science Radio, Stem cell therapies, 2013

Bright Ideas, Qantas Inflight Magazine, June 2011

Catalyst, ABC Television, March 24th 2011

http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/3166921.htm

Women in Ophthalmology, Insight, April 2010

‘Sight for Sore Eyes’ You Tube video. 114,298 hits

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYDSPFuWFDM

The New Inventors. ABC Television. Grand Final Episode 43

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/newinventors/video/video.htm

The New Inventors. ABC Television. Episode 30

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/newinventors/video/video.htm

Australian Stem Cell Centre

http://www.stemcellcentre.edu.au/NewsEvents/News/1millionawarded1.asp

http://www.stemcellcentre.edu.au/NewsEvents/News/ABCNewInventorsWinnerStemCellsforEyeRepair.aspx

Australian optometry, August 2011

http://www.optometrists.asn.au/flipbookpages/AOAugust2011/

UNSWTV

http://tv.unsw.edu.au/video/sight-for-sore-eyes

Uniken, University of New South Wales

http://www.unsw.edu.au/news/pad/uniken/UnikenJulyAugust09/UnikenJulyAugust09.pdf

UNSW Web Front page story

http://www.unsw.edu.au/news/pad/articles/2009/may/Blind_stemcells.html

Eyenet, Clinical Insights from the American Academy of Ophthalmology

www.aao.org/publications/eyenet/200909/news.cfm

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists News, 2009;12(3):9

School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales

www.medicalsciences.med.unsw.edu.au/SOMSWeb.nsf/resources/…/July+09.pdf

Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales

www.med.unsw.edu.au/medweb.nsf/resources/Rnews09/…/BulletinNo2.pdf

Crabs and eyeballs not usually a good mix TVNZ March 30, 2010

http://tvnz.co.nz/technology-news/crabs-and-eyeballs-not-usually-good-mix-3441062

Surgical Glue Made from Crab Shells, Med India March 30, 2010

http://www.medindia.net/news/Surgical-Glue-Made-from-Crab-Shells-67070-1.htm

Crab shell glue could replace stitches, The West Australian, March 30, 2010

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/lifestyle/a/-/lifestyle/7003057/crab-shell-glue-could-replace-stitches/

A stitch in time, Daily Telegraph, 31 March 2010, PG 24

Keywords

Ophthalmology

Clinical Specialty

Ophthalmology

Selected grants

2016

  • NSW Ministry of Health-Development of therapeutics of dry eye; Watson S; NSW Health/Medical Devices Fund.
  • An investigation of the host immune reaction in response to corneal infection; Carnt N, Watson S; American Optometric Foundation/Allergan Foundation Research Grant.

2015

  • Aromatase inhibitor therapy for breast cancer and dry eyes; Watson S; Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA)/Research Grant.

2014

  • Developing technology to improve health outcomes in ocular surface and corneal disease; Watson S, Daniell M, Barthelmes D, Bosch M; Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA)/Research Grants.
  • Development of an Ocular Adhesive Film with Local Drug Delivery to Prevent Infection and Inflammation in Corneal Wounds; Foster L, Watson S, Wakefield D; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2013

  • Zeiss Confocal Microscope, LSM700; McAvoy J, Martin P, Gillies M, Grunert U, Watson S, Lovicu F; DVC Research/Equipment Grant.
  • Asialink Leaders Programme; Watson S; University of Melbourne./Dunlop Fellowship.
  • Therapeutics for repair and regeneration of the cornea; Watson S; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Career Development Fellowships.

2012

  • Limbal Stem Cells; Watson S; University of New South Wales/Gold Star Award.
  • A Band-aid for the eye: treatment of corneal wounds and ulcers; Watson S; University of New South Wales/Silverstar Award.

2010

  • A novel autologous contact-lens-based stem-cell-transfer technique for corneal reconstruction and vision restoration in patients with blinding corneal disease; Watson S; Australian Stem Cell Centre/Strategic Development Fund Grant.
  • SurgiLux-Vancomycin; Watson S; University of New South Wales/Silverstar Award.
  • Application of Novel sutureless technology for eye surgery; Watson S; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2009

  • Limbal stem cells; Watson S; University of New South Wales/Faculty Research Grant.

2008

  • Material Analysis for Medical Applications; Watson S; University of New South Wales/Major Equipment & Infrastructure Initiative Scheme.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Watson, S. (2006). Therapeutic Ocular Surface Medium: Clinical and in vitro studies. Australia: University of New South Wales.

Book Chapters

  • Watson, S. (2004). Suppurative Keratitis. In Richard Wormald, Liam Smeeth, Katherine Henshaw (Eds.), Evidence-Based Ophthalmology, (pp. 145-154). United Kingdom: BMJ Books.
  • Watson, S., Dart, J. (2003). Acanthamoeba Keratitis. In Gordon J. Johnson (Eds.), The Epidemiology of Eye Disease: 2nd Edition. United Kingdom: Arnold.
  • Watson, S. (2003). Laboratory Investigation in Ophthalmology. Ocular Therapeutics Course. United Kingdom: City University of London.

Journals

  • Carnt, N., Robaei, D., Watson, S., Minassian, D., Dart, J. (2016). The Impact of Topical Corticosteroids Used in Conjunction with Antiamoebic Therapy on the Outcome of Acanthamoeba Keratitis. Ophthalmology, 123(5), 984-990. [More Information]
  • Chew, S., Watson, S. (2016). Use of topical retinoic acid for limbal stem cell failure: a retrospective clinical case series. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 44(3), 217-218. [More Information]
  • Chiu, M., Dillon, A., Watson, S. (2016). Vitamin A deficiency and xerophthalmia in children of a developed country. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 52(7), 699-703. [More Information]
  • Bobba, S., Chow, S., Watson, S., Di Girolamo, N. (2015). Clinical outcomes of xeno-free expansion and transplantation of autologous ocular surface epithelial stem cells via contact lens delivery: a prospective case series. Stem Cell Research & Therapy, 6, 1-14. [More Information]
  • Inglis, H., Boyle, F., Friedlander, M., Watson, S. (2015). Dry eyes and AIs: If you don't ask you won't find out. The Breast, 24(6), 694-698. [More Information]
  • Ooi, K., Wakefield, D., Billson, F., Watson, S. (2015). Efficacy and Safety of Topical Atorvastatin for the Treatment of Dry Eye Associated with Blepharitis: A Pilot Study. Ophthalmic research, 54(1), 26-33. [More Information]
  • McDerby, N., Watson, S., Robaei, D., Naunton, M. (2015). Inappropriate use of topical chloramphenicol results in vision loss. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 43(2), 192-193. [More Information]
  • Samarawickrama, C., Chew, S., Watson, S. (2015). Retinoic acid and the ocular surface. Survey of Ophthalmology, 60(3), 183-195. [More Information]
  • Robaei, D., Naunton, M., Watson, S. (2015). Seeing red: over-the-counter chloramphenicol. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 43(2), 99-100. [More Information]
  • Samarawickrama, C., Cherepanoff, S., Di Girolamo, N., Watson, S., Benger, R. (2015). Unusual limbal lesion in neurofibromatosis type 1. Cornea, 34(3), 347-349. [More Information]
  • Chiu, M., Watson, S. (2015). Xerophthalmia and vitamin A deficiency in an autistic child with a restricted diet. BMJ Case Reports, 2015, 1-3. [More Information]
  • Samarawickrama, C., Ioannidis, A., Wechsler, A., Watson, S. (2014). Bilateral corneal infections associated with topical steroid therapy prophylaxis for cytarabine arabinoside-induced keratoconjunctivitis. Leukemia, 28(1), 220-222. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Geerling, G., Dart, J. (2014). Clinical study of therapeutic ocular surface medium for persistent epithelial defect. Ophthalmic research, 51(2), 82-87. [More Information]
  • Robaei, D., Watson, S. (2014). Corneal blindness: a global problem. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 42(3), 213-214. [More Information]
  • Tan, J., Wechsler, A., Watson, S. (2014). Long-term adhesion of cyanoacrylate on human cornea. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 42(8), 791-793. [More Information]
  • Tran, T., Samarawickrama, C., Petsoglou, C., Watson, S. (2014). Recent cluster of childhood microbial keratitis due to orthokeratology. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 42(8), 793-794. [More Information]
  • Samarawickrama, C., Watson, S., McCluskey, P. (2014). Rheumatoid arthritis and the eye. Medicine Today, 15(7), 66-68.
  • Samarawickrama, C., Leaney, J., Watson, S. (2014). Severe alkali burns from beer line cleaners warrant mandatory safety guidelines. Medical Journal of Australia, 201(2), 90-90. [More Information]
  • Harkin, D., Apel, A., Di Girolamo, N., Watson, S., Brown, K., Daniell, M., McGhee, J., McGhee, C. (2013). Current status and future prospects for cultured limbal tissue transplants in Australia and New Zealand. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 41(3), 272-281. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Lee, H. (2013). Interventions for recurrent corneal erosion: a Cochrane Systematic review. Eye, 27(11), 1330-1331. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Sarris, M., Kuishek, M., McKelvie, P., Figueria, E., McCluskey, P., Coroneo, M., Wakefield, D. (2013). Limbal Dermoid Epithelium Shares Phenotypic Characteristics Common to Both Hair Epidermal and Limbal Epithelial Stem Cells. Current Eye Research, 38(8), 835-842. [More Information]
  • Menghini, M., Knecht, P., Kaufmann, C., Kovacs, R., Watson, S., Landau, K., Bosch, M. (2013). Treatment of Traumatic Corneal Abrasions: A Three-Arm, Prospective, Randomized Study. Ophthalmic research, 50(1), 13-18. [More Information]
  • Menghini, M., Watson, S., Bosch, M. (2012). Corneal Melting Two Weeks after Pterygium Excision with Topical Mitomycin C: Successfully Treated with Lamellar Keratoplasty and Amnion Membrane Transplantation. Case Reports in Ophthalmology, 3(1), 24-29. [More Information]
  • Karsten, E., Watson, S., Foster, L. (2012). Diversity of Microbial Species Implicated in Keratitis: A Review. The Open Ophthalmology Journal, 6, 110-124. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Lee, M., Barker, N. (2012). Interventions for recurrent corneal erosions (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 9, 1-33. [More Information]
  • Thomson, K., Marcal, H., Shabazi, J., Watson, S., Wakefield, D., Foster, L. (2012). Surgilux: A novel thin film, laser activated bioadhesive for corneal repair. Advanced Materials Research, 506, 7-10. [More Information]
  • Shahbazi, J., Marcal, H., Watson, S., Wakefield, D., Sarris, M., Foster, L. (2011). Sutureless sealing of penetrating corneal wounds using a laser-activated thin film adhesive. Lasers in Surgery And Medicine, 43(6), 490-498. [More Information]
  • Sanli, E., Figueira, E., Bhardwaj, G., Watson, S., Francis, I. (2011). Tunnel vision and night blindness in a 52-year-old man. Medical Journal of Australia, 195(5), 287-288. [More Information]
  • Echevarria, T., Chow, S., Watson, S., Wakefield, D., Di Girolamo, N. (2011). Vitronectin: A Matrix Support Factor for Human Limbal Epithelial Progenitor Cells. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 52(11), 8138-8147. [More Information]
  • Foster, L., Thomson, K., Marcal, H., Butt, J., Watson, S., Wakefield, D. (2010). Chitosan-Vancomysin Composite Biomaterial as a Laser Activated Surgical Adhesive with Regional Antimicrobial Activity. Biomacromolecules, 11(12), 3563-3570. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Daniels, J., Geerling, G., Dart, J. (2010). Clinical Trials of Therapeutic Ocular Surface Medium for Moderate to Severe Dry Eye. Cornea, 29(11), 1241-1246. [More Information]
  • Di Girolamo, N., Watson, S. (2010). Reply to Aniridia-To Be or Not To Be? [To the Editor]. Transplantation, 89(4), 483-484. [More Information]
  • Di Girolamo, N., Watson, S. (2010). Reply to Contact Lens-Based Expansion and Transplantation of Autologous Epithelial Progenitors for Ocular Surface Reconstruction: Crossover Control. Transplantation, 89(4), 484-484. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Marcal, H., Sarris, M., Di Girolamo, N., Coroneo, M., Wakefield, D. (2010). The effect of mesenchymal stem cell conditioned media on corneal stromal fibroblast wound healing activities. British Journal of Ophthalmology, 94(8), 1067-1073. [More Information]
  • Bosch, M., Kaufmann, C., Menke, M., Watson, S., Knecht, P. (2010). Use of Intraoperative Fourier-Domain Anterior Segment OCT During DSAEK. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 51.
  • Knecht, P., Kaufmann, C., Menke, M., Watson, S., Bosch, M. (2010). Use of Intraoperative Fourier-Domain Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography During Descemet Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty. American Journal of Ophthalmology, 150(3), 360-365. [More Information]
  • Di Girolamo, N., Bosch, M., Zamora, K., Coroneo, M., Wakefield, D., Watson, S. (2009). A Contact Lens-Based Technique for Expansion and Transplantation of Autologous Epithelial Progenitors for Ocular Surface Reconstruction. Transplantation, 87(10), 1571-1578. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Coroneo, M. (2009). Advances in the management of dry eye. Modern Medicine of South Africa, July, 28-35.
  • Liu, L., Tiffany, J., Dang, Z., Dart, J., Watson, S., Daniels, J., Geerling, G. (2009). Nourish and Nurture: Development of a Nutrient Ocular Lubricant. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 50(6), 2932-2939. [More Information]
  • Borovik, A., Bosch, M., Watson, S. (2009). Ocular pigmentation associated with clozapine. Medical Journal of Australia, 190(4), 210-211. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Coroneo, M. (2008). Advances in the management of dry eye. Medicine Today, 9(4), 46-54.
  • Watson, S., Secker, G., Daniels, J. (2008). The Effect of Therapeutic Human Serum Drops on Corneal Stromal Wound-Healing Activity. Current Eye Research, 33(8), 641-652. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Sandhu, S., Wakefield, D., Sarris, M. (2008). Wnt signalling in the human corneal limbus. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 49(E-Abstract 6076).
  • Watson, S., Barker, N. (2007). Interventions for recurrent corneal erosions (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2007 (4), CD001861-1-CD001861-23. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Coroneo, M. (2007). Recognition and management of ocular rosacea. Medicine Today, 8(4), 25-31.
  • Hollick, E., Watson, S., Dart, J., Luthert, P., Allan, B. (2006). Legeais BioKpro III keratoprosthesis implantation: long term results in seven patients. British Journal of Ophthalmology, 90(9), 1146-1151. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Tuft, S., Dart, J. (2006). Patterns of Rejection after Deep Lamellar Keratoplasty. Ophthalmology, 113(4), 556-560. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Abiad, G., Coroneo, M. (2006). Spontaneous resolution of corneal oedema following Descemet's detachment. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 34(8), 797-799. [More Information]
  • Watson, S. (2005). Common corneal conditions. Medicine Today, 6(5), 22-30.
  • Watson, S. (2005). Common corneal conditions. Modern Medicine Middle East, 22, 18-27.
  • Watson, S., Hollingsworth, J., Coroneo, M., Tullo, A. (2005). Confocal microscopy of Thygeson's superficial punctate keratopathy [To the Editor]. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 33(1), 111.
  • Versace, P., Watson, S. (2005). Cornea-sparing laser in situ keratomileusis: Ablation on the flap. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 31(1), 88-96. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Bunce, C., Allan, B. (2005). Improved Safety in Contemporary LASIK. Ophthalmology, 112(8), 1375-1380. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Rauz, S., Dart, J. (2005). Limbal-sparing lamellar keratoplasty. British Journal of Ophthalmology, Video Report.
  • Kehdi, E., Watson, S., Francis, I., Chong, R., Bank, A., Coroneo, M., Dart, J. (2005). Spectrum of clear corneal incision cataract wound infection. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 31, 1702-1706. [More Information]
  • Secker, G., Watson, S., Shortt, A., Grotendorst, G., Shultz, G., Khaw, P., Daniels, J. (2005). The Effects of CTGF on HCE Cell Re–epithelialisation and Migration. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 46(E-Abstract 2139).
  • Watson, S., Geerling, G., Dart, J. (2005). Therapeutic Ocular Surface Medium: A Novel Therapy for Moderate to Severe Dry Eye. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 46(E-Abstract 2023).
  • Karamursel Akpek, E., Dart, J., Watson, S., Christen, W., Dursun, D., Yoo, S., O'Brien, T., Schein, O., Gottsch, J. (2004). A Randomized Trial of Topical Cyclosporin 0.05% in Topical Steroid–Resistant Atopic Keratoconjunctivitis. Ophthalmology, 111(3), 476-482. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Hollick, E., Dart, J., Allan, B. (2004). BioKpro III results at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Ophthalmic research, 36(Supplement 1), 120.
  • Watson, S., Ramsay, A., Dart, J., Bunce, C., Craig, E. (2004). Comparison of Deep Lamellar Keratoplasty and Penetrating Keratoplasty in Patients with Keratoconus. Ophthalmology, 111(9), 1676-1682. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Secker, G., Dart, J., Daniels, J. (2004). The effect of human serum on human corneal fibroblast wound healing activities. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 45(E-Abstract 4861).
  • Gottsch, J., Karamursel Akpek, E., Dart, J., Watson, S., Christen, W., Dursun, D., Yoo, S., O'Brien, T., Schein, O. (2003). A Randomized, Multi-Center Trial of Topical Cyclosporin 0.05% in Steriod-Resistant Atopic Keratoconjunctivitis. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 44(E-Abstract 672).
  • Verma, S., Watson, S., Dart, J., Eykyn, S. (2003). Bilateral Mycobacterium chelonae keratitis following LASIK [Letter]. Journal of Refractive Surgery, 19(3), 379-380.
  • Watson, S., Hollingsworth, J., Tullo, A. (2003). Confocal Microscopy of Thygeson's Superficial Punctate Keratopathy. Cornea, 22(4), 294-299. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Coroneo, M. (2003). Corneal valance: a useful sign in epithelial basement membrane dystrophy [Letter]. Eye, 17(5), 660-661. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Tuft, S., Dart, J. (2003). Rejection Following Deep Lamellar Keratoplasty. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 44(E-Abstract 4683).
  • Watson, S. (2003). The Dry Eye. Current Medical Literature. Ophthalmology, 13, 83-91.

Conferences

  • Watson, S., Barker, N. (2008). Interventions for Recurrent Corneal Erosion. 40th Annual Scientific Congress of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Opthalmologists RANZCO 2008, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

2016

  • Carnt, N., Robaei, D., Watson, S., Minassian, D., Dart, J. (2016). The Impact of Topical Corticosteroids Used in Conjunction with Antiamoebic Therapy on the Outcome of Acanthamoeba Keratitis. Ophthalmology, 123(5), 984-990. [More Information]
  • Chew, S., Watson, S. (2016). Use of topical retinoic acid for limbal stem cell failure: a retrospective clinical case series. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 44(3), 217-218. [More Information]
  • Chiu, M., Dillon, A., Watson, S. (2016). Vitamin A deficiency and xerophthalmia in children of a developed country. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 52(7), 699-703. [More Information]

2015

  • Bobba, S., Chow, S., Watson, S., Di Girolamo, N. (2015). Clinical outcomes of xeno-free expansion and transplantation of autologous ocular surface epithelial stem cells via contact lens delivery: a prospective case series. Stem Cell Research & Therapy, 6, 1-14. [More Information]
  • Inglis, H., Boyle, F., Friedlander, M., Watson, S. (2015). Dry eyes and AIs: If you don't ask you won't find out. The Breast, 24(6), 694-698. [More Information]
  • Ooi, K., Wakefield, D., Billson, F., Watson, S. (2015). Efficacy and Safety of Topical Atorvastatin for the Treatment of Dry Eye Associated with Blepharitis: A Pilot Study. Ophthalmic research, 54(1), 26-33. [More Information]
  • McDerby, N., Watson, S., Robaei, D., Naunton, M. (2015). Inappropriate use of topical chloramphenicol results in vision loss. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 43(2), 192-193. [More Information]
  • Samarawickrama, C., Chew, S., Watson, S. (2015). Retinoic acid and the ocular surface. Survey of Ophthalmology, 60(3), 183-195. [More Information]
  • Robaei, D., Naunton, M., Watson, S. (2015). Seeing red: over-the-counter chloramphenicol. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 43(2), 99-100. [More Information]
  • Samarawickrama, C., Cherepanoff, S., Di Girolamo, N., Watson, S., Benger, R. (2015). Unusual limbal lesion in neurofibromatosis type 1. Cornea, 34(3), 347-349. [More Information]
  • Chiu, M., Watson, S. (2015). Xerophthalmia and vitamin A deficiency in an autistic child with a restricted diet. BMJ Case Reports, 2015, 1-3. [More Information]

2014

  • Samarawickrama, C., Ioannidis, A., Wechsler, A., Watson, S. (2014). Bilateral corneal infections associated with topical steroid therapy prophylaxis for cytarabine arabinoside-induced keratoconjunctivitis. Leukemia, 28(1), 220-222. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Geerling, G., Dart, J. (2014). Clinical study of therapeutic ocular surface medium for persistent epithelial defect. Ophthalmic research, 51(2), 82-87. [More Information]
  • Robaei, D., Watson, S. (2014). Corneal blindness: a global problem. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 42(3), 213-214. [More Information]
  • Tan, J., Wechsler, A., Watson, S. (2014). Long-term adhesion of cyanoacrylate on human cornea. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 42(8), 791-793. [More Information]
  • Tran, T., Samarawickrama, C., Petsoglou, C., Watson, S. (2014). Recent cluster of childhood microbial keratitis due to orthokeratology. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 42(8), 793-794. [More Information]
  • Samarawickrama, C., Watson, S., McCluskey, P. (2014). Rheumatoid arthritis and the eye. Medicine Today, 15(7), 66-68.
  • Samarawickrama, C., Leaney, J., Watson, S. (2014). Severe alkali burns from beer line cleaners warrant mandatory safety guidelines. Medical Journal of Australia, 201(2), 90-90. [More Information]

2013

  • Harkin, D., Apel, A., Di Girolamo, N., Watson, S., Brown, K., Daniell, M., McGhee, J., McGhee, C. (2013). Current status and future prospects for cultured limbal tissue transplants in Australia and New Zealand. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 41(3), 272-281. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Lee, H. (2013). Interventions for recurrent corneal erosion: a Cochrane Systematic review. Eye, 27(11), 1330-1331. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Sarris, M., Kuishek, M., McKelvie, P., Figueria, E., McCluskey, P., Coroneo, M., Wakefield, D. (2013). Limbal Dermoid Epithelium Shares Phenotypic Characteristics Common to Both Hair Epidermal and Limbal Epithelial Stem Cells. Current Eye Research, 38(8), 835-842. [More Information]
  • Menghini, M., Knecht, P., Kaufmann, C., Kovacs, R., Watson, S., Landau, K., Bosch, M. (2013). Treatment of Traumatic Corneal Abrasions: A Three-Arm, Prospective, Randomized Study. Ophthalmic research, 50(1), 13-18. [More Information]

2012

  • Menghini, M., Watson, S., Bosch, M. (2012). Corneal Melting Two Weeks after Pterygium Excision with Topical Mitomycin C: Successfully Treated with Lamellar Keratoplasty and Amnion Membrane Transplantation. Case Reports in Ophthalmology, 3(1), 24-29. [More Information]
  • Karsten, E., Watson, S., Foster, L. (2012). Diversity of Microbial Species Implicated in Keratitis: A Review. The Open Ophthalmology Journal, 6, 110-124. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Lee, M., Barker, N. (2012). Interventions for recurrent corneal erosions (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 9, 1-33. [More Information]
  • Thomson, K., Marcal, H., Shabazi, J., Watson, S., Wakefield, D., Foster, L. (2012). Surgilux: A novel thin film, laser activated bioadhesive for corneal repair. Advanced Materials Research, 506, 7-10. [More Information]

2011

  • Shahbazi, J., Marcal, H., Watson, S., Wakefield, D., Sarris, M., Foster, L. (2011). Sutureless sealing of penetrating corneal wounds using a laser-activated thin film adhesive. Lasers in Surgery And Medicine, 43(6), 490-498. [More Information]
  • Sanli, E., Figueira, E., Bhardwaj, G., Watson, S., Francis, I. (2011). Tunnel vision and night blindness in a 52-year-old man. Medical Journal of Australia, 195(5), 287-288. [More Information]
  • Echevarria, T., Chow, S., Watson, S., Wakefield, D., Di Girolamo, N. (2011). Vitronectin: A Matrix Support Factor for Human Limbal Epithelial Progenitor Cells. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 52(11), 8138-8147. [More Information]

2010

  • Foster, L., Thomson, K., Marcal, H., Butt, J., Watson, S., Wakefield, D. (2010). Chitosan-Vancomysin Composite Biomaterial as a Laser Activated Surgical Adhesive with Regional Antimicrobial Activity. Biomacromolecules, 11(12), 3563-3570. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Daniels, J., Geerling, G., Dart, J. (2010). Clinical Trials of Therapeutic Ocular Surface Medium for Moderate to Severe Dry Eye. Cornea, 29(11), 1241-1246. [More Information]
  • Di Girolamo, N., Watson, S. (2010). Reply to Aniridia-To Be or Not To Be? [To the Editor]. Transplantation, 89(4), 483-484. [More Information]
  • Di Girolamo, N., Watson, S. (2010). Reply to Contact Lens-Based Expansion and Transplantation of Autologous Epithelial Progenitors for Ocular Surface Reconstruction: Crossover Control. Transplantation, 89(4), 484-484. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Marcal, H., Sarris, M., Di Girolamo, N., Coroneo, M., Wakefield, D. (2010). The effect of mesenchymal stem cell conditioned media on corneal stromal fibroblast wound healing activities. British Journal of Ophthalmology, 94(8), 1067-1073. [More Information]
  • Bosch, M., Kaufmann, C., Menke, M., Watson, S., Knecht, P. (2010). Use of Intraoperative Fourier-Domain Anterior Segment OCT During DSAEK. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 51.
  • Knecht, P., Kaufmann, C., Menke, M., Watson, S., Bosch, M. (2010). Use of Intraoperative Fourier-Domain Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography During Descemet Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty. American Journal of Ophthalmology, 150(3), 360-365. [More Information]

2009

  • Di Girolamo, N., Bosch, M., Zamora, K., Coroneo, M., Wakefield, D., Watson, S. (2009). A Contact Lens-Based Technique for Expansion and Transplantation of Autologous Epithelial Progenitors for Ocular Surface Reconstruction. Transplantation, 87(10), 1571-1578. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Coroneo, M. (2009). Advances in the management of dry eye. Modern Medicine of South Africa, July, 28-35.
  • Liu, L., Tiffany, J., Dang, Z., Dart, J., Watson, S., Daniels, J., Geerling, G. (2009). Nourish and Nurture: Development of a Nutrient Ocular Lubricant. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 50(6), 2932-2939. [More Information]
  • Borovik, A., Bosch, M., Watson, S. (2009). Ocular pigmentation associated with clozapine. Medical Journal of Australia, 190(4), 210-211. [More Information]

2008

  • Watson, S., Coroneo, M. (2008). Advances in the management of dry eye. Medicine Today, 9(4), 46-54.
  • Watson, S., Barker, N. (2008). Interventions for Recurrent Corneal Erosion. 40th Annual Scientific Congress of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Opthalmologists RANZCO 2008, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Watson, S., Secker, G., Daniels, J. (2008). The Effect of Therapeutic Human Serum Drops on Corneal Stromal Wound-Healing Activity. Current Eye Research, 33(8), 641-652. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Sandhu, S., Wakefield, D., Sarris, M. (2008). Wnt signalling in the human corneal limbus. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 49(E-Abstract 6076).

2007

  • Watson, S., Barker, N. (2007). Interventions for recurrent corneal erosions (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2007 (4), CD001861-1-CD001861-23. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Coroneo, M. (2007). Recognition and management of ocular rosacea. Medicine Today, 8(4), 25-31.

2006

  • Hollick, E., Watson, S., Dart, J., Luthert, P., Allan, B. (2006). Legeais BioKpro III keratoprosthesis implantation: long term results in seven patients. British Journal of Ophthalmology, 90(9), 1146-1151. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Tuft, S., Dart, J. (2006). Patterns of Rejection after Deep Lamellar Keratoplasty. Ophthalmology, 113(4), 556-560. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Abiad, G., Coroneo, M. (2006). Spontaneous resolution of corneal oedema following Descemet's detachment. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 34(8), 797-799. [More Information]
  • Watson, S. (2006). Therapeutic Ocular Surface Medium: Clinical and in vitro studies. Australia: University of New South Wales.

2005

  • Watson, S. (2005). Common corneal conditions. Medicine Today, 6(5), 22-30.
  • Watson, S. (2005). Common corneal conditions. Modern Medicine Middle East, 22, 18-27.
  • Watson, S., Hollingsworth, J., Coroneo, M., Tullo, A. (2005). Confocal microscopy of Thygeson's superficial punctate keratopathy [To the Editor]. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 33(1), 111.
  • Versace, P., Watson, S. (2005). Cornea-sparing laser in situ keratomileusis: Ablation on the flap. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 31(1), 88-96. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Bunce, C., Allan, B. (2005). Improved Safety in Contemporary LASIK. Ophthalmology, 112(8), 1375-1380. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Rauz, S., Dart, J. (2005). Limbal-sparing lamellar keratoplasty. British Journal of Ophthalmology, Video Report.
  • Kehdi, E., Watson, S., Francis, I., Chong, R., Bank, A., Coroneo, M., Dart, J. (2005). Spectrum of clear corneal incision cataract wound infection. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 31, 1702-1706. [More Information]
  • Secker, G., Watson, S., Shortt, A., Grotendorst, G., Shultz, G., Khaw, P., Daniels, J. (2005). The Effects of CTGF on HCE Cell Re–epithelialisation and Migration. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 46(E-Abstract 2139).
  • Watson, S., Geerling, G., Dart, J. (2005). Therapeutic Ocular Surface Medium: A Novel Therapy for Moderate to Severe Dry Eye. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 46(E-Abstract 2023).

2004

  • Karamursel Akpek, E., Dart, J., Watson, S., Christen, W., Dursun, D., Yoo, S., O'Brien, T., Schein, O., Gottsch, J. (2004). A Randomized Trial of Topical Cyclosporin 0.05% in Topical Steroid–Resistant Atopic Keratoconjunctivitis. Ophthalmology, 111(3), 476-482. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Hollick, E., Dart, J., Allan, B. (2004). BioKpro III results at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Ophthalmic research, 36(Supplement 1), 120.
  • Watson, S., Ramsay, A., Dart, J., Bunce, C., Craig, E. (2004). Comparison of Deep Lamellar Keratoplasty and Penetrating Keratoplasty in Patients with Keratoconus. Ophthalmology, 111(9), 1676-1682. [More Information]
  • Watson, S. (2004). Suppurative Keratitis. In Richard Wormald, Liam Smeeth, Katherine Henshaw (Eds.), Evidence-Based Ophthalmology, (pp. 145-154). United Kingdom: BMJ Books.
  • Watson, S., Secker, G., Dart, J., Daniels, J. (2004). The effect of human serum on human corneal fibroblast wound healing activities. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 45(E-Abstract 4861).

2003

  • Gottsch, J., Karamursel Akpek, E., Dart, J., Watson, S., Christen, W., Dursun, D., Yoo, S., O'Brien, T., Schein, O. (2003). A Randomized, Multi-Center Trial of Topical Cyclosporin 0.05% in Steriod-Resistant Atopic Keratoconjunctivitis. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 44(E-Abstract 672).
  • Watson, S., Dart, J. (2003). Acanthamoeba Keratitis. In Gordon J. Johnson (Eds.), The Epidemiology of Eye Disease: 2nd Edition. United Kingdom: Arnold.
  • Verma, S., Watson, S., Dart, J., Eykyn, S. (2003). Bilateral Mycobacterium chelonae keratitis following LASIK [Letter]. Journal of Refractive Surgery, 19(3), 379-380.
  • Watson, S., Hollingsworth, J., Tullo, A. (2003). Confocal Microscopy of Thygeson's Superficial Punctate Keratopathy. Cornea, 22(4), 294-299. [More Information]
  • Watson, S., Coroneo, M. (2003). Corneal valance: a useful sign in epithelial basement membrane dystrophy [Letter]. Eye, 17(5), 660-661. [More Information]
  • Watson, S. (2003). Laboratory Investigation in Ophthalmology. Ocular Therapeutics Course. United Kingdom: City University of London.
  • Watson, S., Tuft, S., Dart, J. (2003). Rejection Following Deep Lamellar Keratoplasty. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 44(E-Abstract 4683).
  • Watson, S. (2003). The Dry Eye. Current Medical Literature. Ophthalmology, 13, 83-91.

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