Dr. Monica Jong is a Senior Research Fellow at the Brien Holden Vision Institute and a Visiting Fellow of the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, UNSW Australia. She is also the Executive Manager of the International Myopia Institute and the Secretary of the Refractive Error Working Group in the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. Dr. Monica has worked in optical and pharmacologic clinical trials at BHVI to slow the progress of myopia and has been working to understand natural progression of high myopia in the ZOC-BHVI high myopia registry in China, a long-term study following 1000 individuals with high myopia.
Dr. Monica supervises graduate students and has co-authored a number of scientific papers, and also co-developed and presented the first global online interactive myopia management course aimed at practitioners. Her work also extends to the advocacy of myopia as a public health issue and was the Scientific Secretary of the Joint WHO – BHVI meeting on “The impact of myopia and high myopia” and co-authored the accompanying WHO report.
Dr. Jong received her optometry degree and PhD from the University of Melbourne. She was also the recipient of the David and Sandra Smith Fellowship which allowed her to pursue her postdoctoral studies in retinal blood flow imaging in Type 2 diabetes at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Toronto.