Centre for Applied Vision Research at the School of Health and Psychological Sciences, City, University of London welcomes Professor Mark Rosenfield to discuss the effects of spending extensive amounts of time viewing digital screens on the ocular and visual system, as part of the research seminar series.
Particularly since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals are spending extensive amounts of time viewing digital screens.
This talk will consider whether this is likely to result in permanent damage to the ocular and visual system.
In particular, the effects of increased accommodation and vergence, blue light exposure and changes in blink amplitude will be discussed, as well as whether increased screen time may be a precursor to myopia.
About the speaker
Mark Rosenfield is a Professor at the State University of New York (SUNY), State College of Optometry.
He also holds visiting professorships at Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem, Israel and Sichuan University, Chengdu, China.
He was awarded a first-class honours degree in Optometry from Aston University, U.K. and following a pre-registration year at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, obtained registration as an optometrist in the United Kingdom.
He received a Ph.D. in Vision Science from Aston University, and subsequently obtained an appointment at SUNY/State College of Optometry, where he currently teaches the first year Optometric Theory and second year Integrated Optics courses.
Professor Rosenfield conducts research into binocular vision, digital eye strain and the measurement and etiology of refractive error, and currently has over 110 peer-reviewed publications in these areas.
In addition, he is the principal author of three textbooks: (i) Myopia and Nearwork, (ii) Optometry: Science, Techniques and Clinical Management and (iii) Clinical Cases in Eye Care.
He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry in 1990 and received Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in both teaching (1995) and scholarship and creative activities (2015) from the State University of New York.
In 1996 he was awarded the first ever research diplomate in binocular vision from the American Academy of Optometry. In 2005 he received the Michael G. Harris Family Award for Excellence in Optometric Education from the American Optometric Foundation.
In 2020 he was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the leading international research journal, Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics. He is currently listed among the top 100 in the Global Optometrist Research Rankings.