Jacob Lewis Rose Hills
The Effects of Myopia and of Atropine Treatment on the Creep Response of Whole Eyes
Myopia occurs when the eye becomes too long for the cornea and lens to properly focus the light on the retina. In myopia progression, the sclera thins and weakens causing the eye to grow axially. This summer, I will determine the effect of myopia on the mechanical properties of whole chick eyes and to determine how the sclaral creep response is affected by treatment with the myopia-control drug atropine. I will utilize a method of inflating intact eyes in order to characterize the creep response. Using intact globes allows for loading conditions similar to those experienced by the sclera in vivo, providing a better understanding of scleral weakening.