This year, the Canadian Optometric Education Trust Fund (COETF) awarded funding to 13 research projects conducted by faculty and graduate students at the School of Optometry & Vision Science. This article is part of a series that highlights some of these projects.
Drs. Kristine Dalton and Susan Leat have developed a portable binocular device to test glare disability. Until now, optometrists conducted glare testing using a stationary glare source such as a lightbox or a device attached to a phoropter. This new technology, called D&ZZLE, will allow them to take measurements of both eyes at once in a variety of settings, rather than limiting them to the examination room.
While Dalton and Leat are currently using D&ZZLE to measure glare sensitivity in older adults and people with age-related eye diseases, the technology’s portable nature means it could be applied to many other populations and in a variety of locations, from a ski hill to a driving simulator.
The COETF funding will allow for further validation testing that will support a patent application for D&ZZLE.