Myopia control using orthokeratology
1st supervisor: Manbir Nagra
2nd supervisor: Michael Powner, John Lawrenson
Early onset myopia is considered a risk factor for developing myopia-related pathologies such as retinal tears and detachments (Verkicharla et al 2015); this is particularly worrying in view of recently published data showing childhood myopia prevalence in the UK has doubled since the 1960s (McCullough et al 2016).
Early intervention is clearly necessary to arrest myopia progression, but there is no general consensus regarding the ideal myopia control techniques for a UK population. One of the most effective treatments at inhibiting myopia progression is orthokeratology, however, there have been no large-scale studies in a UK population.
This 3-year PhD project will trial an orthokeratology lens for the purposes of myopia control. The project involves working with children, complex contact lens fitting, and obtaining and interpreting measurements such as refractive error, ocular biometry and corneal topographies.
The project would suit a self-motivated qualified optometrist or contact lens optician with a keen interest in myopia control.
As a PhD student you will gain training and experience in complex contact lens fitting, paediatric optometry and access to numerous corneal topographers, biometers and other specialised optometric equipment. As part of the academic training you will be encouraged to present data at national and international conferences during the studentship period. You will also be encouraged to submit work for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
As part of your career development, you will be given the opportunity to assist in undergraduate and postgraduate clinical teaching at City.
By the end of the 3-year training period, you should have the experience and skills to pursue a career in academia or specialised optometric practice. Support will be provided for the successful candiate to apply for post-doctoral training grants during the final year of the PhD.
Recommended Skills / Prior Learning
- Qualified optometrist or contact lens optician
- Interest in myopia control, paediatric and/or complex contact lens fitting