Imaging of the Eye
A range of novel imaging techniques is used in the laboratory to study aspects of the eye’s morphology and function. These include instruments for measuring the topography of the cornea and sclera, tracking techniques to assess the dynamic movements of the eyes and contact lenses and non-invasive methods for imaging tear surface quality.
A number of recent studies conducted within the Contact Lens and Visual Optics Laboratory have investigated the physiological response of the human eye to short-term scleral contact lens wear including; ocular tissue compression, changes in intraocular pressure and corneal optics, and also corneal swelling and recovery.
Electronic optics are now available that can rapidly change their properties under computer control. These are called adaptive optics and they are typically in the form of flexible mirrors or spatial light modulators (liquid crystals). In the Contact Lens and Visual Optics Laboratory we make use of adaptive optics to test various aspects of vision performance.
Our research aims to better understand the environmental factors involved in the development and progression of myopia, and to expand our knowledge of the ocular changes linked to myopia. We utilize high resolution imaging, and novel wearable technology coupled with innovative experimental paradigms to provide new insights into a range of factors involved in human myopia.