Team members: R.J. Braun, T.A. Driscoll, M. Stapf, Lan Zhong, A. Janett, P.E. King-Smith (OSU), C.G. Begley (IU), K.L. Maki (RIT), Longfei Li (RPI), W. Henshaw (RPI)
The group develops mathematical models for tear film dynamics in close collaboration with optometrists' experiments to better understand various aspects of the tear film. Every time you blink, your upper lid paints on a thin multilayered fluid film that protects the ocular surface and helps you to see clearly. When the tear film doesn't have enough water, evaporates too quickly, or has other issues, the normal function may be compromised and lead to conditions such as "dry eye" that affect millions of people. Our models help ocular scientists understand the tear film in both health and disease. For a more detailed overview of the projects, please see the project site.