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Resident Research Projects

2021–22 Projects:

  • Pediatric ophthalmology education in child healthcare trainees.
  • Comparative effectiveness of newer oral diabetes medications in preventing advanced diabetic retinopathy.
  • The patterns and utility of telemedicine appointments in a single cornea practice.
  • Lorazepam for anxiety associated with intravitreal injections.
  • Perspectives on vision rehabilitation training across Canadian postgraduate ophthalmology programs Phase 2—Development of curriculum goals.
  • Botox as an alternative treatment for structural lacrimal outflow obstructions, functional NDLO and gustatory reflex hyperlacrimation.
  • Refractive Outcomes of the Vivity® Intraocular Lens: A single centre, multi-surgeon study.

2020–21 Projects:

  • Slit Lamp Fundamentals and Ophthalmic Images Online Curriculum Evaluation.
  • Vision Changes in Ultramarathon Runners.
  • Perspectives on Vision Rehabilitation Training Across Canadian Postgraduate Ophthalmology Programs.
  • Conscious Intravenous Sedation vs Retrobulbar Block Anesthetics for Transscleral Diode Laser Cycloablation.
  • Pediatric Immediate Sequential Bilateral Cataract Surgery: A scoping review and survey of pediatric ophthalmologists.
  • Machine Learning in Cataract Surgery: Differentiating Resident and Faculty Performance of Phacoemulsification.
  • Association of Topical Glaucoma Medications with Lacrimal Drainage Obstruction and Eyelid Malposition.
  • Examining the Effect of Art-Making on Ophthalmology Resident Surgical Skills and Wellness.


2019–20 Projects:

  • Association Between Topical Glaucoma Medication Use and Disorders of the Eyelid and Nasolacrimal System.
  • Botox as an Alternative Treatment for Structural Lacrimal Outflow Obstructions, Functional NLDO and Gustatory Reflex Hyperlacrimation.
  • Quantification of Eye Rubbing Related Corneal Topographic Changes Among Healthy Adults.
  • Machine Learning in Cataract Surgery Training.
  • Strabismus Surgery Curriculum Design for Ophthalmology Resident Training in the Simulation Lab.
  • Tablet-Based Portable Low Vision Assessment Toolkit Compared to Standard In-Clinic Assessment: A Randomized Tele-ophthalmology Study.
  • Establishing Novel Medications to Improve Structure and Function of Surgical Glaucoma Blebs Using a Rabbit Model.
  • Characterizing how the Eye Shapes our Local and Systemic Immune Responses to Novel Respiratory Virus.


2018–19 Projects:

  • Interdisciplinary Care for Glaucoma in Ontario: A Population-Based Study. 
  • South Eastern Ontario Low Vision Rehabilitation Telemedicine Toolkit and Budget Impact Analysis: Tablet-Based Portable Low Vision Assessment Toolkit as Compared to Standard Clinical Assessment. 
  • Motion Analysis in Surgical Training: an Objective Assessment Tool for Cataract Simulation. 
  • Validating the use of a Stereoscopic Robotized Teleophthalmic Drone Slit Lamp. 
  • Quantification of Eye Rubbing Behaviour Among Healthy Adults Using a Novel Tactile Sensor. 
  • Assessing Cataract Surgery Skills Through Deep Learning: Pilot Study. 
  • Validation of a Novel Strabismus Surgery 3D-Printed Silicone Eye Model and Curriculum Design for Ophthalmology Resident Simulation Training. 
  • Intraocular Calcifediol: Uncovering a Role for Vitamin D in the Eye. 


2017–18 Projects:

  • Smartphone-based versus conventional ophthalmoscope: a randomized crossover education trial.
  • Safety and efficacy of simultaneous topography customized ablation treatment and collagen cross linking in keratoconus.
  • Validating the use of a drone slit lamp for assessing ophthalmology patients.
  • Intraocular antibodies as a novel target for understanding and treating vascular diseases of the eye.
  • Evaluating the efficacy of an educational ergonomics module for improving slit lamp positioning in ophthalmology residents: a multicentre study.
  • Practice patterns of Canadian retina specialists in the management of postoperative endophthalmitis.
  • The effect of ophthalmic antibiotics on the ocular surface microbiome and its association with ocular surface disease: a prospective study of patients undergoing cataract surgery.
  • Validation of a novel strabismus surgery #d printed eye model for ophthalmology resident simulation training.


2016–17 Projects:

  • Vitreous surgery simulator using a 3D printed keratoprosthesis.
  • Bevacizumab: a novel treatment of infiltrative basal cell carcinoma of the eyelid?
  • Ergonomics in ophthalmology: assessing the utility of an educational module.
  • Evaluating changes in scleral quadrant thickness following repeated intravitreal injections of antivascular endothelial growth factor agents in injection-naïve eyes.
  • The utility of the bitter taste test in the initial evaluation of symptomatic epiphora.
  • The role of central retinal thickness, drusen area, and drusen volume in predicting conversion to neovascular AMD. 
  • A clinical update regarding vitreous traction and its relationship to nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy.
  • Venous collagenosis in age-related macular degeneration.


2015–16 Projects:

  • Incidence of cystoid macular edema presumed acute anterior uveitis patients in a tertiary care centre.
  • The creation and validation of a simulator for corneal rust ring removal.
  • Metamorphopsia in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD): the effects of intravitreal injection of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (Anti-VEGF) therapy.
  • Validation of an artificial cornea for use as an educational model in intraocular surgery.
  • Refractive Profile of a Canadian Narrow Angle Population: a prospective study.
  • Patient perception and expectations towards technological advancements in cataract surgery during pre-operative counseling.
  • A novel lacrimal taste test using a bittering agent in the evaluation of suspected lacrimal obstruction in patients presenting with epiphora in a tertiary care centre.
  • Collagen Cross-Linking for Corneal Perforation Suture Repair: a cadaveric study.


2014–15 Projects

  • Efficacy of Mannitol as an adjunct to lateral canthotomy and cantholysis in the management or orbital compartment syndrome. 
  • Identification of vascular endothelial growth factor protein in eyelid basal cell carcinomas.        
  • Outcomes of femtosecond cataract surgery with premium intraocular lenses.                           
  • Improving automated perimetry performance in glaucoma patients using active noise-cancellation technology.
  • Peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer thickness in non-exudative vs chronically treated exudative age-related macular degeneration.                                  
  • Relative Importance of the Components of the CaRMS Application: Longitudinal changes in perceptions of medical students.                          
  • Evaluation of a new technique for the preparation of endothelial grafts for Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK).
  • Punctal plug retention rates for the treatment of moderate to severe dry eye: A Randomized, Double-Masked, Controlled Clinical Trial.
  • Adverse Reactions following IVFA.      
  • Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Nepefenac, Ketorolac and Placebo in Preventing Macular Edema After Uncomplicated Cataract Extraction: 3 year follow up.
  • Assessing the use of multimedia as part of the consent process for IVFA.