O-Week 2017 – Optometry and Vision Science

Orientation Week is all about getting to know the faculties, school, campus all while having a bit of fun! This year’s O-Week will be held from 20th February to the 24th February 2017, and the UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science will be there with our very own stall which runs from 9am to 4pm. You’ll be able to find us opposite Red Centre/Built Environment, adjacent to the Robert Webster Building. Come say hello!

You will have the chance to talk to current optometry students and learn what we get up to! There will be games and competitions to play and chances to win some prizes! The Optometry and Vision Science Talk will be held on Thursday 23rd of February from 4:00pm at Physics Theatre so be sure to come along and get involved. There will also be a tour provided by fourth stage students followed by a FREE Welcome BBQ generously sponsored by OptiMed and run by the UNSW OptomSoc team!

OptiMed is an Australian owned, fully independent wholesaler of Ophthalmic diagnostic and therapeutic instruments as well as pharmaceuticals. As students, OptiMed is a supplier of the diagnostic equipment we need to buy during our course (BIOs, retinoscopes, direct ophthalmoscopes etc.).

Come along to the BBQ and feast to your heart’s content! Thank you OptiMed!

Don’t forget to sign up for the Peer Mentoring Program as well! It’s a great way to meet fellow students and ask any questions to our amazing 4th year mentors.  https://www.optometry.unsw.edu.au/intranet/peer-mentoring-programme

If you’re looking for information on O-Week in general, use this link:
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Ringing in 2017!

Welcome back everyone!

There is a buzz at Rupert Myers as a new year unfolds… 2016 was an amazing year for OptomSoc, with the executive team led by Henri, Vincent, Ron and Sarah taking our cozy society to greater heights!

We have great plans for 2017 including an inaugural Eye-Patch Pub Crawl, a fresh new hoodie design and the traditional favourites, our Annual Cruise and Eyeball, education nights and of course, plenty of BBQs. Keep in touch via our Facebook page and group, as well as our other social media pages. You don’t want to miss out!

To the soon-to-be first years, a big welcome and congratulations on making it into Optometry and Vision Science! You’re about to embark on an exciting, sometimes difficult but rewarding, journey at one of the best (well, we like to say THE best) Optometry schools in Australia. We are all here to help each other out and make the most of our time in uni. Please join this Facebook group to chat with your future colleagues! Feel free to ask any questions you may have on this page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/409757842707435/

To our generous sponsors of 2016, we thank you for your continued support. We can’t do what we do without you. Special shoutout to Optometry Australia, Provision, Luxottica, Opticare, Designs for Vision, Device Technologies, OptiMed, Coopervision and Young Optometrists!

2016 and 2017 Exec


UNSW OptomSoc Cruise 2016 – Which Side Are You On?

It’s that time of the year again where everyone dresses up for a fun night out on the harbour.

WHEN: FRIDAY 1st of April 2016

WHERE: Man O War Steps, Circular Quay

The theme for this year is………. IN THE SAFARI vs UNDER THE SEA! So it’s time to pick a side and come in your BEST costume. There will be amazing prices for best-dressed on the night.

If you’re coming as part of the “UNDER THE SEA” gang, come dressed up anything related to the ocean. This can be anything from a mermaid, pirate, octopus or submarine.

If you’re on Team “IN THE SAFARI”, come dressed up as a lion, tiger, hunter, hippo, monkey, or even dress up with your friends to recreate a scene from The Lion King.

Ticket pricing is as follows:

  • 1st release
    • $45 (optom/vis sci)
    • $55 (non-optom)
  • 2nd release
    • $50 (optom/vis sci)
    • $60 (non-optom)

As always there is FREE pizza and UNLIMITED DRINKS (Bourbon, Vodka, Beer, Wine & Soft Drinks) with your ticket purchase. If you had fun last year – get your tickets ASAP because it’s going to be even better this year! If you haven’t been to a cruise before, get ready… because you’re in for a treat!

Tickets will be released early next week through your year reps, so remember to be fast because tickets are LIMITED!

[ Unfortunately this is an 18+ event only 🙁 ]

Bring your A-game and get ready to win some A-mazing prizes. See you all on the the night!




  • Specsavers for sponsoring our prizes!

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Luxottica Sundowner 2016

Date: Tuesday 23rd February 2016

What: Luxottica Sundowner for our 4th and 5th year students. The night kicked off with some fun and games where our students got competitive to win some gorgeous designer sunglasses! This was followed by a presentation from several members of the Luxottica team where they provided our students with a deeper insight into Luxottica careers and OneSight.

Special thanks to the team at Luxottica (especially Jules Baggoley) for organising this amazing evening!


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Specsavers Student Membership Evening & End of Year Celebration

Date: Monday 14th December 2015

What: Specsavers Student Membership Information Evening & End of Year Celebrations for 5th year students and current Specsavers student members. Our students attended a presentation which was then followed by tablegroup Q&As with Specsavers mentors.

Special thanks to the team at Specsavers Australia (Claire, Tina and Adelle) for organising such a great evening and also for the photos!


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Executive photo old and new team 2016

To the future!

Wow! What a crazy yet amazing year 2015 was

Our goal has always been to enrich students’ academic and social lives by providing events, support and networking opportunities whether it be with optom buddies, academia or industry professionals. This year we worked with a number of different teams,  special shoutout to Optometry Australia, Young Optometrists, Coopervision, Opticare, Luxottica, Designs for Vision, OptiMed, Provision and Specsavers. This is an inspiring time for optometry students, as we are blessed with opportunities, learning facilities and academia we could only ever dream of.

It’s a bittersweet moment for us, as the old executive team, but I am positive the amazing executives of: Henrietta, Vincent, Sarah and Ronald will make 2016 the best year yet.

Let’s recap a few memorable moments from the year:



Young Optometrists BBQ

Left: Everybody loves a good BBQ! Look at that turnout.

YO members with our signatures for the petition against Medicare changes

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Cruise 2016

Eyeball 2016

What an eventful year it has been, with the success of the BBQs, Cruise, Eyeball, Fifth Year Graduation Dinner amongst other events. We’ve had a sticky beak at the 2016 events that the committee has planned for you, and just let me say this – you guys are going to have an absolute blast of a year!



Welcome to UNSW OptomSoc!

Welcome back everyone!

Another year has passed and another year of tears, laughter and unavoidable all-nighters is upon us. We got a blockbuster year planned for 2015!

First off, I’d like to introduce the new committee for 2015. This year’s committee will be headed by myself, Wilson, with Rose, Matt and Nora filling in the Vice presidency, treasury and secretary roles respectively. The old guard have done a wonderful job and we look to one up them!

Welcome post photo
2014 & 2015 committee

Some more changes, we’ve also got a brand new responsive site up and running, to keep you all up to date on all our events throughout the year.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Twitter @unswoptomsoc !