Using virtual reality to design ocular motility examinations

My Topol fellowship problem / project:

Orthoptic examinations have historically required subjective measurements using various optical equipment to quantify ocular motility and its defects. I aim to design and build a system that can partly automate the process using virtual reality.

From a young age I have been interested in computing and imaging. I have trained as an orthoptist, followed by a masters in neuroscience and a PhD that combined the two disciplines in paediatric patient group. I have clinical and research interests in nystagmus, retinopathy of prematurity, papilledema and amblyopia. During my PhD, I programmed an eye tracking system and used machine learning algorithms for statistical analysis of data. I am a believer in advancing healthcare through the use of technology, which is especially relevant in orthoptic testing; little innovation has been made in the last few decades. I am also working towards accreditation for Advanced clinical practice in ophthalmology.