Patricia Arthur

Casual Academic

I graduated from University of NSW in Optometry in 1980. I have worked in private practice for over 30 years – including being self-employed for close to 20 of those years! I completed a music degree at the University of Western Sydney in 2012 and PhD in Vision Science at UNSW in 2017. My research has centred around the visual processing characteristics of expertise; in particular, music sight-reading expertise in relation to eye movements. My current role is Education Focused where I deliver undergraduate and postgraduate courses in clinical Optometry – specifically in Paediatric care.

The primary goal of my research is to investigate the role of innate and environmental factors in the development of visual processing expertise.


·         Eye movements and visual processing

·         Reading and learning difficulties in relation to vision and visual processing


·         The relationship between eye tracking referrals and functional binocular vision problems in a paediatric clinic population


Conference Abstracts
Arthur P, 2015, 'Sight Reading Expertise, Eye Movements and what happens when you Remove the Bar Lines', in Journal of Eye Movement Research, 18th European Conference on Eye Movements, Vol. 8, presented at 18th European Conference on Eye Movements, 16 August 2015 - 21 August 2015,
Journal articles
Chen AH; Abu Bakar NF; Arthur P, 2019, 'Comparison of the pediatric vision screening program in 18 countries across five continents', Journal of Current Ophthalmology, vol. 31, pp. 357 - 365,
Arthur P; Blom D; Khuu S, 2016, 'Music sight-reading expertise, visually disrupted score and eye movements', Journal of Eye Movement Research, vol. 9, pp. 1 - 17,