Aston KTP Associate uses innovative laser technology to improve patients’ eyesight

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femtosecond laser

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate, Dr Raquel Gil-Cazorla, is working with a revolutionary femtosecond laser to help patients with cataracts and presbyopia.


Raquel is currently undertaking a 3-year KTP with
Midland Eye, a Solihull-based surgery and one of the few practices in the country to offer this exclusive surgery option. With help from academic supervisor Dr Shehzad Naroo from Aston’s School of Life and Health Sciences, she is playing a key role in managing and implementing strategic development of the femtosecond cataract laser surgery within the business. 

The Femtosecond cataract laser is a technology for intervention in the eye, based on the well-established photodisruption laser technology. Although traditional cataract surgery is frequently performed and mostly safe and effective, it is highly dependent on surgeon skill, volume and experience. The laser approach to cataract surgery offers better results in terms of accuracy and reproducibility than traditional cataract surgery.

On a day-to-day basis, Raquel assists surgeons in using the femtosecond laser in surgery and helps to train new staff to increase the number of procedures that can be undertaken with this laser. She is also working on a feasibility study to evaluate the effectiveness of the laser on a crystalline lens in restoring near vision.

Dr Gil-Cazorla was also recently given the opportunity to assist Professor Sunil Shah (also from Midland Eye) in demonstrating the surgery live at the British Contact Lens Association conference; the first time live eye surgery has ever been shown at the annual conference.

Raquel said of her KTP: “Doing a KTP is a great experience for me. Being able to work with world-leading academics and transferring my knowledge between Aston University and the business is a really unique opportunity. I look forward to furthering my work with the femtosecond laser and helping to improve the eyesight of more patients.”

Doing a KTP is a great experience for me. Being able to work with world-leading academics and transferring my knowledge between Aston University and the business is a really unique opportunity.

Raquel graduated from Complutense University of Madrid in 1998 with a degree in Optometry & Ophthalmic Optics, before undertaking 2 MSc courses and a PhD on LASIK flap creation with a femtosecond laser, for which she was awarded best thesis of the year. Raquel is regularly an invited speaker at international meetings and is a Fellow of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (FIACLE), a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association, and the American Academy of Optometrists (FAAO).

Notes to editors:

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - 
http://www.ktponline.org.uk is Europe's leading programme helping businesses to improve their competitiveness by enabling companies to work with higher education or research and technology organisations to obtain knowledge, technology or skills which they consider to be of strategic competitive importance. The UK-wide programme is overseen by the Technology Strategy Board (www.innovateuk.org), the UK’s innovation agency, and supported by 16 other public sector funding organisations.

To learn more,or to make an enquiry about KTPs at Aston, please contact Martin May, KTP Manager, m.r.may@aston.ac.uk or 0121 204 4253.