BIOE Seminar - Dr. Fabrice Manns - Real-time Imaging of Ocular Accommodation

Speaker Dr. Fabrice Manns, University of Miami, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Date: 11/13/2019
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: 2310 Everitt Lab
Sponsor: Department of Bioengineering
Event Type: Seminar/Symposium


There are currently no effective approaches to treat presbyopia, the unavoidable age-related loss of the ability of the eye to accommodate (i.e., to change focus). Most of the current strategies for the correction of presbyopia rely on the assumption that presbyopia is due mainly to age-related changes in the mechanical properties of the crystalline lens of the eye. However, there are also age-related changes in the morphology of the ciliary muscle of the eye that could contribute to the loss of accommodation. The lack of clinical technologies to assess the mechanical accommodative response of the eye is a particular challenge for the study of presbyopia and the evaluation of presbyopia correction procedures. In this seminar, we will discuss some of the current approaches for presbyopia correction and describe our efforts to develop an accommodation imaging system that uses Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to enable synchronized real-time imaging of the interaction between the ciliary muscle and lens, and its application to the evaluation of procedures to treat presbyopia.



Fabrice Manns is a professor of biomedical engineering and ophthalmology at the University of Miami and the chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Manns co-directs Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s Ophthalmic Biophysics Center (OBC), a research laboratory dedicated to the development of technologies designed to improve patient eye care. His research activities currently focus on the development of optical imaging and biometry systems to study the relation between the optics and anatomy of the eye in an effort to optimize vision-correction procedures. Dr. Manns teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on medical imaging and biomedical optics. He serves as the chair of SPIE’s Ophthalmic Technologies Conference and he is an Associate Editor of Biomedical Optics Express. He recently served as a chair of the NIH SBIR/STTR study section on Aging and Development, Auditory, Vision and Low Vision Technologies. Dr. Manns received an electrical engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Electronique et de Radioélectricité de Bordeaux (ENSEIRB) and a post-graduate degree from the University of Bordeaux in microelectronics. He earned his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Miami and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute before joining the University of Miami faculty with a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Ophthalmology.

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