Research Areas

Department of Ophthalmology

How do we prevent blindness?

Major Research Areas

Diabetic retinopathy screening

  • Public sector
  • Private sector

Glaucoma surgery

  • Surgical options for primary angle-closures
  • Augmentation and modification of trabeculectomy
  • Minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries
  • Glaucoma medications compliance issues

Contact Person

Dr J.C.H. Chan
Tel: 2518 1430 / 3962 1405
Email: jonochan@hku.hk

Oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery:

  • Thyroid eye disease: impact, complications and therapeutics.
  • Orbital inflammatory disorders.
  • Treatment of eyelid disorders.

Contact Person

Dr J.J.C. Cheung
Tel: 2518 1430 / 3962 1405
Email: janicejc@hku.hk

Neuroprotection and regeneration in models of retinal neurodegeneration:

  • Trans-scleral electrical stimulation in traumatic optic neuropathy, retinal ischemia reperfusion injury, and chronic glaucoma models in rat/rabbit.
  • Immune modulatory effects of the traditional Chinese medicine Lycium barbarum in Alzheimer's disease-related vision loss.
  • Mesenchymal stem cell-mediated rescue in mitochondrial dysfunction-related retinal ganglion cell degeneration in glaucoma models in rat/rabbit.
  • Photobiomodulation of retinal ganglion cell survival in rabbit retinal ischemia reperfusion injury.
  • Continuous monitoring of electroretinogram using a wireless apparatus.

Contact Person

Dr C.K. Chiu
Tel: 2831 5356
Email: datwai@hku.hk

Glaucoma:

  • Prevention of glaucoma progression with new treatment modalities and life-style modification.
  • Collagen cross-linking − its clinical application in glaucoma-related diseases and others.
  • Enhancement of disease detection and monitoring.

Contact Person

Dr B.N.K. Choy
Tel: 2518 1430 / 3962 1405
Email: bnkchoy@hku.hk

Glaucoma:

  • Treatment of acute and chronic angle closure glaucoma.
  • Risk factors and neuroprotection in Normal tension glaucoma.

Contact Person

Professor J.S.M. Lai
Tel: 2518 1430 / 3962 1413
Email: laism@hku.hk

Surgical and Medical Retina:

  • Age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular disease.
  • Paediatric retinal diseases.
  • Retinopathy of prematurity.
  • Medical education.

Contact Person

Professor W.C. Lam
Tel: 2518 1430 / 3962 1405
Email: waichlam@hku.hk

Protecting the eye and the brain:

  • Protecting the developing retina − ocular angiogenesis, retinopathy of prematurity, oxygen-induced retinopathy.
  • Protecting the ageing retina − retinal ischemia/reperfusion injury, diabetic retinopathy.
  • Protecting the brain − cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury, stroke.
  • Bioengineering − cell-based and optogenetics-controlled drug delivery.
  • Development of novel molecular and cellular therapeutic approaches for ocular and cerebral diseases.

Contact Person

Dr A.C.Y. Lo
Tel: 2831 5363
Email: amylo@hku.hk

Anterior segment:

  • Myopia control in children and adolescent
  • Refractive cataract surgery.
  • Corneal collagen cross-linking − effect on corneal biomechanical properties and clinical applications.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of ocular surface disorders.
  • Corneal transplant

Contact Person

Dr A.L.K. Ng
Tel: 2518 1430 / 3962 1405
Email: nlk008@hku.hk

Anterior Segment

  • Epidemiology and Novel Treatment Methods in dry eye disease
  • In-vitro Modelling of Dry Eye Disease
  • Pathophysiology and Treatment of Corneal Neuropathy
  • Treatment of Sigh-Threatening Ocular Surface Disease

Retinal Neuroprotection

  • Transcorneal Electrical Stimulation as a Neuroprotective Strategy in Retinal Disease
  • In-vitro Modelling of Effect of Retinal Electrical Stimulation

Contact Person

Dr K.C. Shih
Tel: 2518 1430 / 3962 1405
Email: kcshih@hku.hk

Laboratory basic research:

  • The use of an animal model to investigate the dosing and fluence effect on choroidal vasculature.

Posterior segment:

  • Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography imaging of the retina and choroid and its application in ophthalmic epidemiological studies.
  • The use of photodynamic therapy in the treatment of macular degeneration.

Ophthalmic epidemiology:

  • The prevalence of common eye diseases in Hong Kong.
  • The risk factor profile of common eye diseases in Hong Kong.
  • Correlation of retinal changes and systemic diseases using multimodal imaging of the eye.

Contact Person

Dr I.Y.H. Wong
Tel: 2518 1430 / 3962 1405
Email: wongyhi@hku.hk

Departmental Postgraduate Admission Advisor

Dr A.C.Y. Lo
Tel: 2831 5363
Fax: 2817 0491
Email: amylo@hku.hk