The importance of the peripheral optics of the eye for the development of myopia
|Kungliga tekniska högskolan - Institutionen för tillämpad fysik
|Funding from Vinnova
|SEK 1 800 000
|December 2008 - December 2012
Purpose and goal
The occurrence of myopia (nearsightedness) has increased drastically in the industrial world. Even though the progression of myopia appears to be controlled by the image quality on the retina, it is not known how this control mechanism works and why it differs between eyes. The aim of this project is therefore to investigate how the optical properties of the eye correlate to the development of myopia. Special interest will be given to the peripheral parts of the retina, because little is known about the image quality in off-axis angles for myopes, especially during nearwork.
Results and expected effects
This research will lead to a more complete map of the ocular optics both for emmetropic and myopic eyes, possibly suggesting an alternation in spectacle design to prevent further myopia development. Additionally, during these 3 years the project leader will gain qualifications essential to continue with an academic career.
Approach and implementation
The peripheral optics and vision of the eye will mainly be analyzed by a scanning wavefront sensor (to map the visual field in real-time) and an adaptive optics system (to correct or induce monochromatic aberrations). These laboratory instruments will be developed and used at KTH, where the project leader will co-supervise a PhD-student.