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Dr Allen Cheong received her Bachelor's degree in Optometry with first class honours from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She continued her graduate training in the area of low vision at the School of Optometry in Queensland University of Technology under the advisement of Prof. Jan Lovie-Kitchin. Her graduate research was focused on vision rehabilitation and optometric care for low vision patients, in particular their reading performance. Upon receiving her PhD, she conducted her postdoctoral work with Dr Duane Geruschat at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University in the area of mobility performance in low vision patients. After a year of postdoctoral training, she joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota as a research associate continuing her research work in low vision reading and mobility. In September 2008, she joined the School of Optometry at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as an Assistant Professor. In July 2015, she was promoted to Associate Professor.

Dr Cheong has won several awards. Examples are: the Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Foundation / Pauline and Oswald Lapp Travel Grants Awards, Atwell Award of Low Vision Research Group in ARVO, and the International Postgraduate Research Award from Queensland University of Technology. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

Research interests

  • Visual psychophysics and reading in normal vision and visual impairment, perceptual learning and non-invasive brain stimulation in reading rehabilitation
  • Clinical visual functions and functional performances in ageing and visually impaired
  • Visual adaptation, visual functions and functional performances (ageing and visually impaired)
  • Vision rehabilitation, adaptive technology and non-invasive brain stimulation
  • Relationship between vision, mobility and falls
  • Eye movement characteristics in aging and visual impairment
  • Object recognition and environmental accessibility
  • Epidemiology of visual functions among different age groups and different populations
  • Dry eye

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology

Law, Juris Doctor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Bachelor of Science in Optometry, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

External positions

Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Waterloo


Associate Visiting Professor, Department of Optometry, West China School of Medicine, Sichuan University


Honorary Advisor for Thematic Course on Supporting Students with Sensory, Communication and Physical Needs (SEN), Hong Kong Institute of Education



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