Emilie Langley is a therapeutically qualified Optometrist, specialising in contact lenses, including OrthoK (Orthokeratology).
Emilie spent 3 years at the University of Otago completing a Bachelor of Biomedical Science majoring in Functional Human Biology. The neurophysiology that Emilie was exposed to during the biomedical degree along with Emilie’s passion for working with and helping people were the driving forces to further study Optometry. Emilie obtained direct entry into the University of Auckland Bachelor of Optometry programme and spent a further 4 years completing her second degree, graduating with Honours.
Emilie tailored her Optometry studies around her interest in myopia progression and OrthoK (Orthokeratology). Emilie naturally has a particular interest in complex contact lens fitting and management, for OrthoK, Keratoconus and Pellucid Marginal Degeneration.
When the opportunity arose for Emilie to join Mortimer Hirst and work alongside other industry leaders in contact lens practice and ocular therapeutics, it was the perfect opportunity for Emilie to be able to pursue and further develop her passion in Optometry.
As well as conducting general eye exams, Emilie provides a wide scope of optometric services such as binocular vision, paediatric, ocular health and driver’s licence screenings.
In 2011, Emilie was chosen to be part of the Antipodeans Abroad Healthcare Volunteer Team to Nepal. This included Rural Outreach clinics with the Lion Foundation and a 6 week internship at Manipal Teaching Hospital, Optometry and Ophthalmology Department, Pokhara, Nepal.
In 2012, Emilie was awarded a summer studentship scholarship from the New Zealand Association of Optometrists (NZAO) to help further research the theory of myopia progression inhibition, with the results being presented at the International Myopia Conference (IMC) 2013, California.
In 2014, Emilie was part of a team that completed leading research on OrthoK regression, supervised by Grant Watters and Dr. Wanda Lam, which won the New Zealand College of Optometrists (NZCO) award for best research presentation. Emilie is currently still heavily involved in this research.
Emilie and the team members she worked with were invited to speak at the 2015 annual CCLS conference about their research on OrthoK regression.
The Mortimer Hirst clinical team continue to develop Mortimer Hirst’s specialised contact lens business including OrthoK (www.orthok.co.nz), as well as expanding their own areas of expertise.
Emilie is a member of the NZAO and the Cornea and Contact Lens Society (CCLS).
Recommended web sites
Mortimer Hirst’s web site.
Orthokeratology web site.
Alan Saks' web site.
GrantWatters' web site.
Varny Ganesalingam's web site.
Kerry Atkinson's web site.