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Dr Henry CHAN | Dr Allen CHEONG | Prof. Pauline CHO | Dr Rachel CHUN | Dr Chi-wai DO | Dr Chea-su KEE | Prof. Carly LAM | Dr Andrew LAM | Dr Thomas LAM | Dr Jeffrey LEUNG | Dr Tina LIAN | Dr Bin LIN | Dr Jessica NEUVILLE | Dr Feng PAN | Dr Samantha SHAN | Dr Ellen TAN | Dr Patrick TING | Prof. Chi-ho TO | Dr Dennis TSE | Mr Jimmy TSE | Prof. George WOO | Prof. Maurice YAP

Prof. Carly LAM

Professor Carly LAM

ORCiD 0000-0002-6808-5018
Author ID (Scopus) 7402989864

Biographical Sketch

Professor Carly Lam joined the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1986. She completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees at University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (The University of Manchester), UK. She obtained her PhD from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She was appointed Head of School in 2007 and served till 2013.

Professor Lam’s teaching interest is in the area of pediatric optometry, binocular vision anomalies and vision therapy. She led a number of teaching and learning projects. One of the significant contributions is the launch of the Virtual Optometry Clinic which allows students to experience patient management through interaction with patients in a virtual platform.

Professor Lam has a long-standing research interest in myopia and has published over 45 papers in this topic. She was among the first to record the high prevalence of myopia (reaching 80%) in the Hong Kong school children during the early 1990s. As one of the founding members of the Centre for Myopia Research in the School of Optometry, Professor Lam further focus on identifying possible factors causing myopia development and seek for myopia control options.

One of the important milestones of Professor Lam’s research was the development of the DISC lens for myopia control; this method can slow myopia as much as 60% over a two year randomized clinical trial study. The promising outcome has generated further trials; with better funding support, quicker and more accurate myopia control can be predicted. The DISC lens method has now obtained patents from countries including US, Australia, China and Japan. The principle has further generated patents with industry and clinical trials.

Professor Lam received the College of Optometrists Research Excellence Award in 2015, named OPO Bernard Gilmartin Award in November 2015. It is an award to recognize the highly regard publication in the journal of Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics in the last 5 years.

Currently Professor Lam serves as a member of the Editorial Board of Annals of Eye Sciences, Review Board of the Journal of Optometry and Visual Performance, member of the Grant Review Board of the Research Council of the Food and Health Bureau of HKSAR, member of Supplementary Medical Professions Council in Hong Kong.

She is a Member of the College of Optometrists (UK) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometrists. She is the honorary advisor of The Hong Kong Society of Professional Optometrists, Honorary Member of The Association of Private Practice Optometrists.

She is currently the external examiner for the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Management and Science University (MSU), Malaysia. She is currently serving as Visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin University, West China School of Medicine, Sichuan University, Nankai University Eye Hospital and Clinical College of Ophthalmology, Tianjin Medical University, Management and Science University and Tianjin Vocational Institute.

She has served as the Secretary/Secretary-General of Asia Pacific Council of Optometry from 2007 to 2014; and the Fellowship Committee Chair from 2011-2014, member of Governing Board of World Council of Optometry (WCO) from 2008 to 2015.

Selected Publications 

  1. Lam CSY, Tang WC, Tse DY, et al. Defocus Incorporated Soft Contact (DISC) lens slows myopia progression in Hong Kong Chinese schoolchildren: a 2-year randomised clinical trial. Br J Ophthalmol. 2014;98(1):40-5.
  2. Cheng SCK, Lam CSY, Yap MKH. Prevalence of myopia-related retinal changes among 12–18 year old Hong Kong Chinese high myopes. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt 2013,33;652-660.
  3. Gao TY, Guo CX, Babu RJ, Black JM, Bobier WR, Chakraborty A, Dai S, Hess RF, Jenkins M, Jiang Y, Kearns LS, Kowal L, Lam CSY, Pang PCK, Parag V, Pieri R, Raveendren RN, South J, Staffieri SE, Wadham A, Walker N, Thompson B; BRAVO Study Team. Effectiveness of a Binocular Video Game vs Placebo Video Game for Improving Visual Functions in Older Children, Teenagers, and Adults With Amblyopia: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2018 Feb 1;136(2):172-181.
  4. Lam CSY, Tang WC, Tse DYY, Lee RPK, Chun RKM, Hasegawa K, Qi H, Hatanaka T, To CH. (2019). Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments (DIMS) spectacle lenses slow myopia progression: a 2-year randomised clinical trial. Br J Ophthalmol. 2019; 0:bjophthalmol-2018-313739v-bjophthalmol-2018-313739.