Louise Terry

Research student, Yr Ysgol Optometreg a Gwyddorau'r Golwg

Research Overview

My research is looking at the blood vessels in the choroid - the layer at the back of the eye, behind the retina – and how these change throughout the disease process in Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). To view these vessels, I use a technique called Optical Coherence Tomography, or OCT. This technique takes scans through the back of the eye, which can be used to build 3-D images of the retina and choroid. It works in a similar way to ultrasound, but using long-wavelength light in place of sound. We are collaborating with a team of computer scientists at Swansea University (SwanseaVision) to analyse these images. Together, we are developing ways of automatically classifying OCT images collected from people with and without AMD, and with early- and late-stage AMD.

Teaching Overview

Clinical supervision in the following modules:
OP2202 – Contact Lenses
OP2203 – Investigative Techniques

Previous clinical supervision in the following modules:
OP2101 – Refraction

Professional Memberships

  • GOC membership 01-27549
  • College of Optometrists membership 38763

Speaking Engagements

Terry, L., Margrain, T., North, R. and Wood, A. (2014) Imaging beyond the retina: Quantification of choroidal vasculature.
Poster presentation at: British Congress of Optometry and Vision Science, September 8-9 2014, Cardiff.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

2016 – Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)
2013 – Present: PhD, An in-vivo investigation of choroidal vasculature in AMD, Cardiff University
2013 – Registered Optometrist (GOC no: 01-27549), MCOptom
2009 – 2012: First Class Honours in Optometry, Cardiff University

External Committees/Memberships

GOC membership 01-27549
College of Optometrists membership 38763

Research interests

My main research interest is in Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), the current leading cause of vision loss in the UK. More specifically, I am looking at how blood vessels in the choroid (the layer beneath the retina) change throughout the disease process – in early, atrophic and neovascular AMD. I am using a technique called Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to view these vessels, which takes scans through the retina and choroid and can be used to build high resolution 3-D images of this area.

I am currently looking at the repeatability of the prototype long-wavelength OCT for detecting clinical signs, or “biomarkers”, of AMD in the choroid (e.g. changes to the vessel diameter and volume).

The aim of this research is to provide insight into the choroidal vessels changes in AMD and to identify potential clinical biomarkers for early disease detection and monitoring of disease progression in the future.

Funding

This PhD project is funded by Cardiff University.
Travel bursary for ARVO 2016 from The College of Optometrists.
CUROP summer student funding (June 2015 and June 2016)

Research Team

Macular Research Group (Chair)
Clinical and Investigative Vision Sciences

Research Collaborators

Visual Science Bioimaging Lab, Cardiff University
SwanseaVision, Department of Computer Science, Swansea University