By Adrian Galbreth
A study into how contact lenses can affect the measurement of glaucoma has won the top prize at an annual medical event.
Marie Brenner is the first author of the study, which was named top presentation at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine's annual St. Albert's Day research symposium.
Brenner, who is a fourth-year student at Stritch School of Medicine, analysed the effects of contact lens wear on retinal nerve fibre layer measurements, which are used by eye experts to both diagnose and manage glaucoma.
She found that patients with lower refractive errors could provide better quality measurements without contact lenses being in place, but contacts could improve measurements in patients with higher refractive errors.
According to the International Glaucoma Association, the eye disease is found in two per cent of the population over the age of 40 and can also affect children and young adults, with an estimated 500,000 people suffering from glaucoma in England and Wales alone, and more than 70 million people across the world.
by Martin Burns