2019 Joe and Janet Barr Research Award Recipient Spotlight – by Pabita Dhungel
During my academic life as a graduate student at Pacific University, I was conducting research on “Impact of Scleral Lens Wear on Intraocular Pressure and Posterior Ocular Perfusion,” for my master's degree. This research was the first of its kind to explore the potential impact of scleral lenses on posterior segments especially in areas of retinal and choroidal thickness along with the changes of intraocular pressure, if any.
This research was selected for the Beta Sigma Kappa Exceptional Research Award at Pacific University as well as a poster presentation at Academy 2019 Orlando. During this project, I was able to learn how to conduct successful research in coordination with an interdisciplinary approach along with international colleagues. It helped me to develop my leadership skills, to be independent while still working in a group, and work harder to achieve what really matters to me as a juvenile, enthusiastic researcher.
I am planning to investigate further in this topic in my PhD program beginning in Fall 2021. Receiving the Joe and Janet Barr Early Career Cornea and Contact Lens Research Award provided by AAOF contributed to the significance of this project and helped me in the process of getting selected as a PhD candidate.