The Ocular Biomechanics Research Laboratory

The eye performs some of the most complex biological functions in the human body, many of which are based upon intricate biomechanical processes. Despite significant advances in modern medicine, our fundamental understanding of the biomechanical characteristics of the eye is still limited. 

Researchers at the Ocular Biomechanics lab at Plymouth University are interested in investigating the eye as a living biomechanical structure. Further understanding is not only relevant to determine how the eye performs some of its basic functions but also in regard to the process of why which sight-threatening conditions such as glaucoma, myopia and keratoconus manifest. 

Our core team is composed of clinicians with a specific research interest in examining the cornea and sclera in vivo and ex vivo with modern imaging and modelling techniques. In collaboration with the local NHS and private hospital, one of our current research studies is investigating corneal biomechanics in keratoconus pre- and post-collagen crosslinking. Through collaborative work with industrial and engineering partners, our aim is to develop medical devices to enhance our ability to screen and monitor ocular diseases.

Key Publications: 

Buckhurst, H., Gilmartin, B., Cubbidge, R. P., Nagra, M., & Logan, N. S. (2013). Ocular biometric correlates of ciliary muscle thickness in human myopia. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 33(3), 294-304.

Hamer, C. A., Buckhurst, H., Purslow, C., Shum, G. L., Habib, N. E., & Buckhurst, P. J. (2016). Comparison of reliability and repeatability of corneal curvature assessment with six keratometers. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 99(6), 583-589.

Buckhurst, H. D., Gilmartin, B., Cubbidge, R. P., & Logan, N. S. (2015). Measurement of scleral thickness in humans using anterior segment optical coherent tomography. PloS one, 10(7), e0132902.

Buckhurst, P. J., Wolffsohn, J. S., Shah, S., Naroo, S. A., Davies, L. N., & Berrow, E. J. (2009). A new optical low coherence reflectometry device for ocular biometry in cataract patients. British Journal of Ophthalmology, 93(7), 949-953.