Dr Vanessa R. Moodley (PhD, M.Optom, B.Optom, CAS), a senior lecturer at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa has dedicated much of her time serving her profession in various leadership roles. She served 2 X 5-year terms as Chairperson of the Professional Board for Optometry and Dispensing Opticians in SA and, in her role as a councillor on the Health Professions Council of South Africa, chaired the Business Practices Committee. She has served as a member of the standards generation body for optometry and serves on professional conduct committees.
Her areas of research interest include quality assurance and social accountability in optometric education, cornea and contact lenses, public health, and binocular vision. Dr Moodley has received various scholarships/grants to undertake research and supervise Masters and PHD students undertaking research within these areas. She has lectured in the area of contact lenses and binocular vision for over 20years and currently also does the Professional and Business Practices Ethics lectures. She currently serves on the Legislation, Regulation and Standards Committee of the World Council for Optometry, is the Education Chairperson for the African Council for Optometry, is a honorary life member of the Optometric Association of India and is the co-founder of the Keratoconus Foundation of South Africa.
Her commitment to lead initiatives towards transforming optometric education globally to become more socially accountable and to enhance the quality of optometric education in Africa led her to develop a Socially Accountable Quality Assurance Framework for Optometric Education (SAQAFOE). Dr Moodley has presented numerous papers at national and international conferences and published many scholarly articles.
Myopia Control Using contact lenses
Contact Lens and Anterior Eye
Contact lens complications: a clinical profile
Towards a regional scope of practice and competency standards in optometry