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Research Elective Courses

Areas of research include: disease, development, optics, and binocular vision. 

Researcher at workThe College of Optometry research elective course offerings are a semester-long lab practicum course in which students work with one of the College of Optometry faculty on an independent research project. 

Students will present their work to their peers.  If you are interested in taking this course to fulfill your elective credit, please contact one of the faculty below to arrange a meeting. Enrollment requires faculty approval.  If you have any questions about the course, please contact Dr. Cameron

Research Opportunities are listed below. You must contact the faculty member to verify availability.

 

Dr. Cameron

The following projects are available:

Measuring visual acuity in adult zebrafish and comparison of retinal disease models

Carotenoid metabolism in eye development and disease using zebrafish

Examining visual dysfunction in an Alzheimer’s zebrafish model

Electrophysiology of the zebrafish retina

Dr. Cameron would also be glad to assist conducting any research projects related to zebrafish visual function from students’ own ideas in this elective course

 

Dr. Davey 

The following projects are available:

Investigating Ocular imaging particularly OCT and its use in glaucoma management

Understanding age related effects on the eye particularly ocular biomechanics and retinal nerve fiber layer

 

Dr. Shen 

The following projects are available:

Evaluation of the effects of accommodation on the peripheral optics of human eye

Evaluation of the optical impacts of multifocal contact lenses on peripheral optics of human eye

Peripheral optics of human eye after Orthokeratology lenses

Changes of optical quality (both central and peripheral) with prolonged near work. Dr. Shen would also be glad to assist conducting any research projects related to physiological optics from students’ own ideas in this elective course

 

Dr. Spors

The following projects are in progress:

Spectacle lenses, contact lenses, and orthokeratology for myopia research

Development of a novel corneal topography system, not based upon the Placido disk principle

Change in wavefront aberrations with contact lenses, spectacle lenses, and orthokeratology (in collaboration with Dr. Shen)