Validation of a New Vision Screening Device
December 2014 – Present
Our patent-pending designs for the Digital Cover Test, a fully automated version of the conventional cover test, and an open-field autorefractor have been licensed by The Ohio State University to a local startup company, Sight4All, Inc. We are currently finalizing and testing the software application that will power these measurements on the smart devices of healthcare professionals everywhere. We expect both tests to be marketed in the United States and worldwide in the near future.
The Ciliary Muscle, Nearsightedness, and Dopamine Investigation (CaNDI)
The Ciliary Muscle, Nearsightedness, and Dopamine Investigation (CaNDI) is a cross-sectional study of the relationship between nearsightedness, central dopamine levels, ciliary muscle dimensions that is conducted in a research pod, called the EyePod, at the Center for Science and Industry’s (COSI’s) Labs In Life. In this study, we seek to determine if ciliary muscle dimensions are an indicator of when low central dopamine levels have contributed to the development of nearsightedness in humans. Any COSI guest, ages 2 years and older, is eligible to participate. So far, we have enrolled and tested 1000 subjects ages 3 to 85 years.
The Evaluation of Myopia and Ciliary Muscle Changes (E=MC²)
The Evaluation of Myopia and Ciliary Muscle Changes is a longitudinal study of elementary school children where we seek to determine the normal and abnormal childhood growth patterns of the ciliary muscle. Over 300 children are measured on an annual basis, as long as they are enrolled in the first through fifth grades. Thus far, we have enrolled over 500 children. The goals of this project include (1) determining why the ciliary muscle becomes enlarged in some nearsighted children and not in others and (2) determining how the dimensions of the ciliary muscle are related to childhood academic achievement.
The Study of Ciliary Muscle Contraction at COSI (3 Cs Study)
The Study of Ciliary Muscle Contraction at COSI (3 Cs Study) was a cross-sectional study of the function of the ciliary muscle that was conducted in a research pod, called the EyePod, at the Center for Science and Industry’s (COSI’s) Labs In Life. In this study, we evaluated the life-long changes that occur in ciliary muscle development and also how the function of the ciliary muscle changes throughout life. Any COSI guest, ages 2 years and older, was eligible to participate. We enrolled and tested 300+ subjects ages 3 to 72 years.