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Dr Chea-su Kee
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Dr KEE Chea-su

Assoc. Head(SO), ADoRCSV & Associate Professor

I teach ophthalmic optics and study refractive error development since I joined PolyU in 2007. The constant driving force for these two academic activities is my curiosity about how visual optics is involved in regulating eye growth. To teach ophthalmic optics interactively for optometry students, I have developed digital platforms to facilitate the transformation from a traditional classroom-delivered format into a problem-based learning format. To study how visual optics regulate early eye growth, I collaborate with vision scientists and biomedical engineers to develop diagnostic tools and analyze the influence of anterior eye’s optics on refractive eye growth. I appreciate the continuous supports from teaching and research grants over the years.

Biography

Dr Kee is an Associate Professor teaching Optometry subjects related to clinical and ophthalmic dispensing at the School of Optometry, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He received his Bachelor degree in Optometry from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He later obtained his Masters and PhD degrees from the City College of New York and University of Houston, respectively. Before returning to Hong Kong, Dr Kee was an Assistant Professor in Physiological Optics at the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Research Overview

My constant research interest is how visual optics regulate eye growth. Through active collaborations with vision scientists and engineers around the world, we have devised ocular diagnostic tools and animal models to study the role of visual experience on refractive development. Knowledge gained from the mixture of basic and translational research has accelerated our knowledge transfer.

In particular, the transformation of a digital diagnostic imaging device to analyze anterior eye shape from our animal lab has facilitated early diagnosis of astigmatic children. Our current goal is to understand how optics due to abnormal corneal shape can alter refractive development.

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Optometry, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Master of Arts (Biology/Neuroscience), City University of New York
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Houston

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow of Association of British Dispensing Opticians

Research Interests

  • Astigmatism
  • Myopia
  • Emmetropization
  • Nature and nurture of normal and abnormal refractive development
  • Mechanisms underlying refractive development using animal models
  • Development and application of novel biomedical devices to guide eye growth
  • Ophthalmic optics dispensing and management of patients with refractive errors

Research Output

  1. Chu CHG, Kee CS. Effects of Optically Imposed Astigmatism on Early Eye Growth in Chicks. Hejtmancik JF, ed. PLoS ONE. 2015;10(2):e0117729.
  2. Xi LY, Yip SP, Shan SW, Summers-Rada J, Kee CS, Region-specific differential corneal and scleral mRNA expressions of MMP2, TIMP2, and TGFB2 in highly myopic-astigmatic chicks. Sci Rep. 2017; 7: 11423.
  3. Kang BS, Wang LK, Zheng YP, Guggenheim JA, Stell WK & Kee CS. High myopia induced by form deprivation is associated with altered corneal biomechanical properties in chicks. PLOS ONE 2018, 13, e0207189.
  4. Troilo D, Smith ELIII, Nickla DL, Ashby R, Tkatchenko AV, Ostrin LA, Gawne TJ, Pardue MT, Summers JA; Kee CS; Schroedl F, Wahl S, Jones L IMI - Report on Experimental Models of Emmetropization and Myopia.Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2019; 60(3): M31-M88.

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