Using adaptive optics, previously developed in astronomy to visualize distance stars and planets, we will be able to decompose different optical signals and send them to the retina to properly analyse the accommodative response of the subjects. Results of this analysis will be used to provide mathematical models for describing the shape of the human crystalline lens and to assess the changes in optical quality during accommodation with age.

Supervisors: R. Montés-Micó  & N. López-Gil Coll.: H. Radhakrishnan & M. Zajac

Early Stage Researcher 1:  Aikaterini Moulakaki

Host Institution: University of Valencia (Spain)

 

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By combining aberration microfluctuation data with information from crystalline lens response to different optical signals and imaging data of the crystalline lens it will be possible to link the theories of how ageing influences aberrations and microfluctuations to the known anatomical changes in the ageing eye. This information will be subsequently used to develop mathematical models for describing the shape of the human crystalline lens and its short (microfluctuations) and long (age) term changes

Supervisors: H. Radhakrishnan & D. Madrid-Costa Coll.: T. Ferrer-Blasco & N. López-Gil & R. Iskander

Early Stage Researcher 2:  Irene Sisó Fuertes

Host Institution: University of Manchester (United Kingdom)

 

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Using the information provided from Crystalline lens response to different optical signals this investigation will help us to understand the changes in refractive index distribution of the lens, curvatures of the lens capsule and corneal structure as a function of accommodation and with age. This information will be used to develop mathematical models for describing the shape of the human crystalline lens and its changes with age.

Supervisors:  M. Zajac & T. Ferrer-Blasco Coll.: H. Radhakrishnan, R. Montés-Micó & N. López-Gil

Early Stage Researcher 3:  Danilo Andrade de Jesus

Host Institution: Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Instrumentation, Politechnika Wroclawska (Poland)

 

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Aging of the eye may cause changes that affect the quality of vision by means of a reduced visual acuity and an increased straylight. Straylight is the functional impairment caused by the scattering of light in the eye, which leads to a veil of straylight over the retina and, thus, to visual complaints such as hazy vision, blinding by headlights from upcoming cars, and loss of contrast. These complaints can be assessed subjectively with specialized questionnaires on visual function. Furthermore, several instruments are available to determine the optical quality of the eye. In this project we will investigate what complaints are caused by each of these factors in the aging eye, whether they can be (objectively) measured and correlated to complaints expressed by patients, and how ophthalmologists take these factors into consideration in their decision-making to perform (or not) cataract surgery

Supervisors: N. Reus & N. Chateau Coll: R. Montés-Micó, N. López-Gil & T. van den Berg

Early Stage Researcher 4:  Sonia Gholami

Host Institution: The Rotterdam Ophthalmic Institute (The Netherlands)

 

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Based on the hardware already marketed by the company, they will develop an optical system that will measure the spatially-resolved scattering of the eye by means of the recording and subsequent analysis of Shack-Hartman images. The project will be of great interest to know the impact of intraocular scattering upon the retinal image and during objective refraction, as well as to understand the subjective changes of intraocular scattering and the structural changes undergone by the lens throughout life

Supervisors: N. Chateau & N. López-Gil Coll.: R. Iskander & T. van den Berg

Experienced Researcher 1:  Franz Felberer

Host Institution: Imagine Eyes (France)

 

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