Visiting Scholar Presentation: Inflammatory responses on the ocular surface in contact lens wear and dry eye disease

Wednesday, 28 November, 2018 - 13:00

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Inflammatory responses on the ocular surface in contact lens wear and dry eye disease

Date/Time

Wednesday 28 November 2018 – 1pm – 2pm

Location

Rupert Myers Theatre, North Wing Rupert Myers Building, Gate 14 Barker Street, UNSW Sydney NSW 2052

UNSW School

School of Optometry and Vision Science

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This talk shows the changes on the ocular surface in a cellular level in contact lens wear an dry eye disease.

Event Description

Contact lens wear and meibomian gland dysfunction are the top 10 risk factors of dry eye disease, in which inflammation plays an important role. Therefore, this presentation will address the sub-clinical inflammatory responses on the ocular surface in contact lens wear and different types of meibomian gland dysfunction and the associations with symptoms. We found that the ratio of pro to anti-inflammatory protein is important to address the association with symptoms and inflammatory destruction on the conjunctiva can be observed in meibomian gland obstruction but not atrophy. It will also highlight the changes in corneal immune cells in dry eye disease using a state-of-art imaging technology.

Speaker Biography

Dr Cecilia Chao is an early career translational researcher in dry eye and contact lens wear who has been using state-of-art techniques to examine the inflammatory response of the ocular surface in clinical and laboratory settings. She completed her PhD in 2015 on the etiology of LASIK induced neuropathic dry eye at the School of Optometry and Vision Science UNSW and she is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Translational Ocular Immunology, Tufts Medical Center, Boston. She is a recipient of prestigious Junior Overseas Scientist Fellowship from Singapore Eye Research (2017) and the UNSW Faculty of Science Visiting Research Fellowship (2018).

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