Laboratory research at TOSI includes in vitro and in vivo studies on tear film biochemistry, microbiology and immunology, ocular surface wound healing, and inflammation including dry eye disease.
TOSI has a dedicated research team capable of full spectrum of research capabilities, from basic research at a molecular level to full-scale FDA Phase 2-4 clinical trials.
TOSI’s researchers are specialized in measuring and imaging of the ocular surface, and examining the impact of ocular surface disease on visual performance.
With the full-spectrum of research capabilities, TOSI continues to discover new devices or treatments to the market.
The University of Houston, College of Optometry seeks an outstanding scientist to work within The Ocular Surface Institute. This is a tenure–track position for an Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in the either the Department of Clinical or Vision Sciences. Vision researchers at the University of Houston College of Optometry comprise a well-funded, vibrant and interactive community.
Our very own Dr. Jason Nichols is first author of two of the 10 most read articles in Investigational Ophthalmology & Vision Science (IOVS) for 2013! Dr. Nichols also is a co-author on a third article, and chaired the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society's (TFOS) Contact Lens Discomfort Workshop, of which these three publications were a part of the full report. Enjoy the read!!
A research article "Microbial Contamination of Contact Lens Care Accessories and Compliance with Care Regimens in Nepal" by TOSI's graduate student, Shyam Panthi and his research collaborates, was recently published in the Contact Lens & Anterior Eye, The Journal of the British Contact Lens Association. This paper aims to determine the rates of microbial contamination and identify contaminants associated with contact lens care accessories. The result shows that Nepalese soft contact lens wearers are at high risk of developing ocular complications due to high contact lens case and solution contamination.
From May 5 to May 9, 2013, many researchers from The Ocular Surface Institute attended the annual conference of The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in Seattle. This is one of the largest and most respected eye and vision research meeting in the world. TOSI researchers proudly presented various topics related to the ocular surface and tear film, consisting of 6 posters total in the year of 2013.