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Elham Shoghi

Investigating the Influence of Blue Light Exposure on Myopia Development of Chicks

Myopia or short-sightedness is an increasingly prevalent ocular disorder, which has not only been linked to a number of potentially blinding diseases, including glaucoma, but also negatively affects economics due to health care costs. Increased time outdoors appears to be at least partly protective and in recent studies, short, morning exposure to blue light has been proposed as a possible treatment to inhibit myopia progression. Notably, sunlight also includes short (blue) wavelengths. Since many blue-light blocker apps exist for electronic devices and are increasingly used with the goal of promoting better sleeping patterns at night, it is very important to better understand the relationship between blue light exposure and myopia development. During this summer, I will work on an on-going research project investigating the influence of short exposure to blue light on myopia development and the effect of the timing of exposure (morning or evening), using chicks as animal models.

Message to Sponsor

Undertaking research this summer will greatly help me achieve my future educational goals. As a low-income and first-generation college student, this URAP stipend has eased my financial challenges, allowing me to focus more on my research. I am very grateful for this generous donation.
  • Major: Bioengineering
  • Mentor: Christine Wildsoet, Optometry & Vision Science