Personal details

Dr Luisa Holguin Colorado
Research Optometrist
Faculty of Health,
School of Optometry & Vision Science
Discipline *
Ophthalmology and Optometry
+61 7 3138 6404
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Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations

1. The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (2014-present)

2. Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia (2012-present)



Contact lenses, Tear film, Anterior eye, Goblet cells, Inflamatory cells, Langerhans cells, Conjunctiva, Cornea

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Luisa Holguin Colorado is an early career researcher investigating the visual and optical characteristics of the eye and contact lenses. Dr Colorado was awarded her PhD from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in August 2016. During her PhD project she observed that contact lens wear is associated with a reduction in the number of mucus-secreting conjunctival goblet cells, which means that the eye is less well lubricated, leading to discomfort during blinking.  This discovery may pave the way towards developing strategies to avoid lens-induced discomfort, leading to more satisfied patients and saving the contact lens industry hundreds of millions of dollars each year. During her PhD she was awarded the Cornea and Contact Lens Society Research Award for two consecutive years and she was involved in the Health Equity Committee. In March 2016, she commenced a Research Fellow appointment in  the Contact Lens and Visual Optics Laboratory, QUT to continue her work in the interactions between the human eye and contact lenses.

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1. Sessional Academic appointment Ocular Anatomy and Physiology (Semester 1 – 2016)

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