The eye is a remarkable structure, with biomechanics involved in many of its functions. The eye must be robust to last a lifetime, but also capable of growing with the rest of our body. For our eyes to be able to track moving objects, for example, requires a delicate balance of the forces exerted by several muscles. Forces are also responsible for deforming the lens and allow focusing. A slight imbalance between the forces and tissue properties may be enough to alter or even preclude vision.
Led by Principal Investigator, Dr. Ian Sigal, the goal in the Laboratory of Ocular Biomechanics is to study the eye as a biomechanical structure. More specifically, we aim to understand the inter-relationship between healthy vision and ocular biomechanics, to identify the causes for ocular disease and find avenues for restoring lost vision.