Our research team presented 14 papers or posters on a wide variety of topics at this year’s meeting of the American Academy of Optometry in Anaheim, California including the results of a pilot study determining the prevalence of myopia in a mid-sized urban region of Canada, the first to measure myopia prevalence in a non-clinical Canadian population. We also presented the results of clinical studies looking at:
- blink rate in soft contact lens wearers using digital devices,
- the performance of multifocal contact lenses,
- diagnostic tests that have the strongest association with dry eye symptoms in older women, and
- the association between lid wiper epitheliopathy, lens type and contact lens discomfort.
Researchers from our biological sciences laboratory presented on their design of a novel in vitro eye model designed to simulate blinking and its ability to measure the release of wetting agents from daily disposable contact lenses as well as in vitro work examining the quantity of lipid deposition and its distribution . We also presented in vitro work on lysozyme deposition.