“I have been able to translate theory into practice”
Alberto Recchioni discusses his PhD research, which examines the effect of corneal refractive surgery on the ocular surface
What was the focus of your research?The focus of my research has been divided into two main streams. In the first one, I have been investigating the role of dry eye in limiting the accuracy of the pre-surgical calculation in patients attending for lens surgery – for example, cataract and refractive lens exchange surgery. The second one was focussing more on a younger population understanding the impact of corneal refractive surgery on the ocular surface.
How did you become involved in dry eye research?This is an area that I have been interested in since my first MSc in Madrid in 2012. I started working on dry eye and ocular surface disease in 2013 under the guidance of Professor Jesus Pintor and Dr Gonzalo Carracedo at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.
At that time, our first research projects were focused on determining signs and symptoms of dry eye patients with keratoconus in comparison to healthy subjects with keratoconus before and after intrastromal corneal ring segments. Then, later, when I joined the European Dry Eye Network as a PhD student, this confirmed how important the topic was.
All the research that I have done has been through the eye hospital group, Optegra. I have been able to translate theory into practice working with ophthalmic surgeons, optometrists, researchers and technicians.