Author: Aikaterini Moulakaki, University of Valencia

AGEYE Marie Curie fellows participated in the MSc Program in Optometry and Vision Sciences of the University of Valencia lecturing about their research projects. Fellows participation took place within the Clinical Diagnostic Technologies subject of the MSc course, where they explained to the MSc students the aims, methods, and main research results. The outcomes from the AGEYE project are directly related to the syllabus of the subject and, therefore, the MSc students will benefit from applying these to their clinical and research activities.


Fellows and students


Aikaterini Moulakaki showing to the students how to measure characteristics of the crystalline lens

and its change with accommodation using different technologies


Georgios Zoulinakis explaining to the students how to create an eye model and

design different intraocular lenses for the ageing eye


Author: Aikaterini Moulakaki, University of Valencia

In a recent study performed that we have performed at the laboratory of the University of Valencia we have assessed the central lens thickness, the anterior lens curvature and the ciliary muscle area in young adults and adults for unaccommodate state and with a vergence stimulus of -3D. Our results revealed that with aging, the eye undergoes anatomical changes that have an impact on the quality of vision and thus, of life. Studying these variations provide clinicians with interesting information about the aging process of the eye that can be useful in order to provide new methods aimed at delaying the appearance of presbyopia.



Author: Alejandra Consejo, Wroclaw University of Technology

The European Forum of Young Innovators, EFYI'16, is an event that ‘brings together representatives of the world of science and business, to begin the discussion on the key issues affecting young innovators. The program abounds in exciting discussions, success stories, experienced international speakers and business practitioners. EFYI'16 encourages the active involvement of all participants by creating a propitious space for exchanging views and opinions’. I was invited as a member of the Polish Chapter of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA), https://www.mariecuriealumni.eu/, to actively participate in the panel ‘The role of young innovators in the next decade. What kind of young scientist Europe needs?’. I had the opportunity to share my experience as Marie Curie fellow and PhD student. Besides, this was a great opportunity to network, gain some extra knowledge about how industry works and participate in interactive workshops. The event was broadcasted in streaming and it is now available in YouTube (https://youtu.be/SGwqHQlyBp0 ). 



Author: Irene Sisó-Fuertes, University of Manchester

Optical quality is usually characterized for fixed pupil diameters. Results obtained in a study that assesses the visual acuity and ocular aberrations with multifocal spherical correction and the interaction with pupil size; show that wavefront analysis should be treated carefully. Intrapolating or extrapolating the aberrations for an alternative pupil size could lead to significant differences in understanding the impact of aberrations from what is seen from natural pupil size particulary with multifocal correction.

This study was presented in a poster at OPTOM16, the 24th international congress of optometry, contact lenses and ophthalmic optics held in Madrid.


Author: Aikaterini Moulakaki, University of Valencia

In a recent study performed at the laboratory of the University of Valencia we have investigated the potential effect that odd and even-order monochromatic aberrations may have on the accommodation response of the human eye. Eight healthy subjects participated in the study and using an adaptive optics system we measured the accommodation response of the subjects under different conditions: with the natural aberrations being present, and with the odd and even-order aberrations being corrected. Three measurements of accommodation response were monocularly acquired at accommodation demands ranging from 0 to 4 D (0.5 D step). Our results revealed that no statistically significant differences were found between the accommodation responses under the three conditions. Then, the odd and even-order aberrations were not helping the visual system to accommodate, because their partial correction did not affect the accommodation performance.