Melanie C. W. Campbell

Degrees, Title/Position:
M.Sc., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Physics
Cross Appointments: School of Optometry and Department of Systems Design Engineering.
University of Waterloo

Goal Groups/Integration Themes:
Diabetic Retinopathy Screening


Melanie Campbell pursues research in optics of the eye, accommodation, presbyopia, ophthalmic corrections and ophthalmic diagnostic instruments. Her current research interests include defining the quality of the optical image formed on the retina; studying the optical properties of the crystalline lens and eye during development and in the older eye and integrating adaptive optics and polarization methods into instruments which image the rear of the eye. Her basic research led to improved quality of clinical images of the fundus of the eye. The Waterloo confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscope that was developed by Professor Campbell’s group gave the first live images of the cones of the human eye.

Professor Campbell is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and received the 2004 Rank Prize in Optoelectronics for studies of the gradient of refractive index in the crystalline lens.

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