myopia - control - contact lenses - sclera - cornea

Elena Martínez Plaza

Health Sciences Optics and Visual Perception Group of the University of Alicante
My research career

I have a degree in Optics and Optometry and a Master's degree in Visual Rehabilitation from the University of Valladolid. I spent my pre-doctoral period at the Institute of Applied Ophthalmobiology (IOBA) of the University of Valladolid, where I joined the Refractive Surgery and Quality of Vision Group and actively collaborated with the Ocular Surface Group. During the completion of my doctoral thesis, I carried out a quarterly pre-doctoral stay at the University of Plymouth, UK. In 2021, I obtained the title of Doctor of Vision Science with international mention. Subsequently, I carried out tasks as a postdoctoral fellow at the IOBA and, at present, I carry out my research work as a Margarita Salas postdoctoral fellow in the Optics and Visual Perception Group at the University of Alicante.

I have been a member of the research team of different research projects and clinical trials related to the ocular surface and refractive surgery, especially with the implantation of intraocular lenses. These projects have given rise to 20 indexed and non-indexed scientific articles, as well as more than 30 communications at conferences, from which I have obtained the prize for the best oral communication at the OPTOM'21 Conference.

My research

Study the relationship between myopia and corneo-scleral parameters, as well as the effectiveness of contact lenses designed to control or slow the progression of myopia. The interest in this research is based on the increasing prevalence of myopia and the pathological risks associated with high myopia. Therefore, this line of research is promising both to elucidate the reasons for the growth of the eyeball and to anticipate which patients might benefit from myopia control techniques using contact lenses.

My vision is to try to provide knowledge about the physiological factors involved in myopia growth and how contact lenses work to control its progression.