Friday, January 27, 2017, 12:00 pm, in 100 Minor Addition
Engineering Tools for Improved Patient Treatment Using Ocular Biomechanics
Ian A. Sigal, PhD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Ocular Biomechanics Laboratory
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
The eye is a remarkable complex organ. Although most people rarely think of the eye as a mechanical structure, forces and deformations play a central role in vision. Abnormal connective tissue architecture, and altered mechanical behavior of ocular tissues has been associated with several potentially blinding pathologies, such as glaucoma. Unfortunately, the mechanisms underlying these diseases are still not completely understood, which complicates prevention and treatment. This is, in large part, due to the difficulty of assessing the structure and mechanics of ocular tissues. In the Laboratory of Ocular Biomechanics at the University of Pittsburgh, we work to develop novel tools to characterize the eye and its biomechanics. In this seminar I will highlight recent advances for the characterization of ocular connective tissue microarchitecture, and of the in-vivo effects of intraocular and intracranial pressures.