As time passes by, your body changes, and so do your eyes. We all have a zooming mechanism in our eyes, which is called accommodation, and it allows us to see from far distances to close ones. However, this mechanism slowly stops working at some point in our lives. This is presbyopia, and it happens to almost all of us, no matter where you are from, how healthy your routines are, or the work you perform.
There is no way to stop or reverse the natural aging process, nevertheless, research is performed all over the world with the aim of correcting presbyopia and the way it affects each individual with a common objective of improving the quality of life of the effected population.
The students develop their projects using infrastructure and under professional supervision of three institutions: University Complutense of Madrid, contact lens manufacturer Mark’ennovy based in UK and a Portugal based branch of Alain Afflelou, optical centre network with more than 1.400 optical centres around the world.
The research team comprises more than 20 professionals from academic and private sector collaborating together to achieve a better quality of life for presbyopic patients.
This set of questions will assess all aspects surrounding the quality of life of a presbyopic contact lens wearer, from symptoms to the possible effects that this condition may have on patients’ self-esteem.
All the questions will be implemented in an online platform that will use artificial intelligence to select, from the set of questions, the right ones to define each user’s experience and help to evaluate their expectations, sensations, and feelings. In this way, the optometrist can better select the right contact lens for each patient’s lifestyle.
It also collects information about the environment as shown in Figure 1 when the video is taken. Furthermore, the app analyses the videos and extracts essential information such as how often the patient blinks and their pupil sizes.
By implementing the patient-reported outcomes instrument in the app and through the analysis of the videos, the optometrist will have a tool that will help them evaluate any problem that the patient might have before, during, or after wearing the multifocal contact lens. All this information is stored in a database, which is used to find the best contact lenses for each patient.
Your clear lens sits inside the eye behind your colored iris. It changes shape to focus light onto the retina so you can see. When you are young, the lens is soft and flexible, easily changing shape. This lets you focus on objects both close-up and far away. After age 40, the lens becomes more rigid. It cannot change shape as easily. This makes it harder to read, thread a needle, or do other close-up tasks.
See video about presbyopia here
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