Introducing Ngozi Chidi-Egboka, a PhD candidate exploring ‘The Ocular Surface in Children’. More than 69% of US children by age 12 years and 68% of Australian children aged 3-17 years own a smartphone. Short sightedness, sore eyes and dry eyes are reported with smartphones and may have long term effects. Ngozi’s PhD research supervised by Associate Professors Blanka Golebiowski and Isabelle Jalbert investigate factors including blinking which impacts eye health with smartphone use in children. Her work has identified useful questionnaires which can be used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose dry eye symptoms among children and will further help to develop evidence-based guidelines on safe screen time for children.
Ngozi is a recipient of the prestigious 2019 Dorothy Carlborg CCLSA Research Award, an IMNIS mentee of Med Tech-Pharma Program NSW and one of the inaugural PhD champions of Women in Maths and Science, UNSW Sydney. To find out more about Ngozi and her research, see here: https://bit.ly/3fBcybY