FORSEE Canada recognizes research as one of the three necessary arms of our holistic approach to help every eye, everywhere. We look at a research team the way we look at an eye – every part has an important function to maximize its vision. That is why our research team consists of different sub-specialists and other allied eyecare providers that are focused on advancing the profession in a patient focused manner. Through our rich experience in patient care, we are able to identify gaps or challenges that would benefit from translational research with the ultimate goal of having a direct impact on patient care.
A parallel goal of our research program is training the next generation of medical trainees in basic science and advanced clinical research skills. This will further challenge the next generation of health care providers to incorporate evidence-based medicine in all aspects of their career. To that end, FORSEE Canada has invested in the Summer Research Scholarship, which is a competitive award directed to second year Canadian medical students interested in pursuing further studies in Ophthalmology.
To bring full circle to our holistic approach in advancing eyecare, we couple our epidemiological mindset with our experience from our outreach programs, to address eyecare gaps in the vulnerable populations. In essence our outreach missions look towards the direct care for the individual’s eye and the eyes of generations to come.
Your support allows this program to fund laboratory equipment and advanced research diagnostic tools for our volunteering doctors and clinicians. In addition, it allows students to further their education through student scholarship programs - together this allows us to advance eyecare today and into the future.
EXAMINING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DIABETIC RETINOPATHY, DIABETIC MACULAR EDEMA, AND OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA
Al-Awadi A, Kaba Q, Somani S. Examining the relationship between diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, and obstructive sleep apnea. Canadian Ophthalmological Society Annual Meeting. Quebec, PQ. June 2019.
EFFICACY AND SAFETY OF MICROPULSE CYCKOPHOTOCOAGULATION IN PATIENTS WITH OCULAR HYPERTENSION AND GLAUCOMA
Kaba Q, Tam E, Somani S, Yuen D. Efficacy and safety of micropulse cyclophotocoagulation in patients with ocular hypertension and glaucoma. Canadian Ophthalmological Society Annual Meeting. Quebec, PQ. June 2019.
CORNEAL CHANGES ASSOCIATED WITH INTRASTROMAL LIMBAL RELAXING INCISIONS USING THE FEMTOSECOND LASER
Lim CW, Somani S, Chiu H, Maini R, Tam E. Corneal changes associated with intrastromal limbal relaxing incisions using the femtosecond laser. Canadian Ophthalmological Society Annual Meeting. Quebec, PQ. June 2019.
COMPARISON OF THE REFRACTIVE EFFECT BETWEEN FEMTOSECOND LASER VERSUS MANUAL CLEAR CORNEAL INCISIONS
Pereira A, Somani S, Tam E, Chiu H, Maini R. Comparison of the refractive effect between femtosecond laser versus manual clear corneal incisions. Canadian Ophthalmological Society Annual Meeting. Quebec, PQ. June 2019
COMPARISON OF TORIC INTRAOCULAR LENS (IOL) CALCULATION ACCURACY USING HAIGIS AND BARRETT FORMULAS IN MANUAL VERSUS LASER-ASSISTED CATARACT SURGERY
Sharma S, Nithianandan H, Tam E, Chiu H, Maini R, Somani S. Comparison of intraocular lens (IOL) calculation accuracy using Haigis and Barrett formulas in manual versus laser-assisted cataract surgery. Canadian Ophthalmological Society Annual Meeting. Quebec, PQ. June 2019.
OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY ANGIOGRAPHY CHANGES AFTER CATARACT SURGERY IN PATIENTS WITH AND WITHOUT DIABETIC RETINOPATHY
Lu M, Somani S, Yan P, Tam ES, Chiu HH. Optical coherence tomography angiography changes after cataract surgery in patients with and without diabetic retinopathy. Poster presented at: American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Annual Meeting; 2020 May 16-17.
THE EFFECT OF BRIMONIDINE 0.15% ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUBCONJUNCTIVAL HEMORRHAGE FOLLOWING FEMTOSECOND LASER ASSISTED CATARACT SURGERY.
Chiu H, Somani S, Tam ES, Jaki Nistha. The Effect of Brimonidine 0.15% on the development of subconjunctival hemorrhage following femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery. Paper presented. Canadian Ophthalmology Society, June 26 - 28, 2020
TREATMENT SWITCH FROM AFIBERCEPT TO RANIBIZUMAB IN CANADIAN DME PATIENTS IN A REAL-WORLD SETTING: THE PRECISE STUDY
Somani S, Giunta M, Kalevar A,Trottier P, Caron L, Tuli R, Cordahi G, Gavalakis J and Adiguzel E. “Treatment switch from aflibercept to ranibizumab in Canadian DME patients in a real-world setting: the PRECISE study” Canadian Retina Society (CRS) Annual Meeting 2021;November 20, 2021
AUTOLOGOUS PLATELET-RICH PLASMA DROPS FR THE TREATMENT OF REFRACTORY MODERATE-TO-SEVERE EVAPORATIVE DRY EYE DISEASE FROM MEIBOMIAN GLAND DYSFUNCTION
Somani, S. Chiu, H.H., Tam, E.S., & Murtaza, F. “ Autologous platelet-rich plasma drops for the treatment of refractory moderate-to-severe evaporative dry eye disease from meibomian gland dysfunction” [Poster Presentation]. European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) Annual Winter Meeting 2022, Virtual; February 18-20 2022
HEALTH CARE UTILIZATION, ADHERENCE, PREVALENCE, AND RISK FACTORS OF DRY EYES AFTER CATARACT SURGERY
Saffire H Krance, Amin Hatamnejad, Rutmila Uddin, Sohel Somani, Eric Tam, Fahmeeda Murtaza, Hannah H Chiu. “Health care utilization, adherence, prevalence, and risk factors of dry eyes after cataract surgery” American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS) Annual Meeting Annual meeting 2022, Washington DC; April 22-26, 2022
A PERPETUAL URBAN CHALLENGE: REFUGEE EYE CARE IN THE GTA
Somani, Sohel “A perpetual urban challenge: Refugee Eye Care in the GTA” Canadian Ophthalmology Society (COS) 2022 Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 9- 12,
LONG-TERM OUTCOMES IN HALF-DOSE VERTEPORFIN PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY FOR CHRONIC CENTRAL SEROUS RETINOPATHY
Dhirani N, Yang Y, Somani S. Long-term outcomes in half-dose verteporfin photodynamic therapy for chronic central serous retinopathy. Clin Ophthalmology 2017; 11:2145-49.
COMPARISON OF 2 REGIMENS OF LOTEPREDNOL ETABONATE AND BROMFENAC FOR CATARACT SURGERY
Al-Awadi A, Tokko HA, Chan C, Somani S. Comparison of 2 regimens of loteprednol etabonate and bromfenac for cataract surgery. Can J Ophthalmol 2019; 54 (3): 387-393.
REFRACTIVE LASER-ASSISTED CATARACT SURGERY VS. CONVENTIONAL MANUAL SURGERY: COMPARING EFFICACY AND SAFETY IN 3144 EYES
Nithianandan H, Jegatheeswaran V, Dalal V, Arshinoff SA, Maini R, Nazemi F, Le T, Tam ES, Somani S. Refractive Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery vs. Conventional Manual Surgery: Comparing Efficacy and Safety in 3144 Eyes. Am J Ophthalmol 2019; 206: 32-39.
COMPARISON OF SURGICALLY INDUCED ASTIGMATISM AND CORNEAL MORPHOLOGICAL FEATURES BETWEEN FEMTOSECOND LASER AND MANUAL CLEAR CORNEAL INCISIONS.
Pereira A, Somani S, Tam ES, Chiu H, Maini R. Comparison of Surgically Induced Astigmatism and Corneal Morphological Features Between Femtosecond Laser and Manual Clear Corneal Incisions. Journal of Refractive Surgery. 2019 Dec 12;35(12):796-802.
ASTIGMATIC OUTCOMES OF SINGLE, NON-PAIRED INTRASTROMAL LIMBAL RELAXING INCISIONS DURING FEMTOSECOND LASER-ASSISTED CATARACT SURGERY BASED ON A CUSTOM NOMOGRAM
Lim CW, Somani S, Chiu HH, Maini R, Tam ES. Astigmatic Outcomes of Single, Non-Paired Intrastromal Limbal Relaxing Incisions During Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery Based on a Custom Nomogram. Clinical Ophthalmology. 2020;14:1059-70.
POSTERIOR LENS CAPSULE NEOVASCULARIZATION TREATED WITH ANTI-VEGF COMPLICATED BY PHACOGENIC UVEITIS
Tai F, Mandelcorn ED, Somani S. Posterior lens capsule neovascularization treated with anti-VEGF complicated by phacogenic uveitis. American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports. 2020:100943
THE EFFECTIVENESS AND SAFETY OF MICROPULSE CYCLOPHOTOCOAGULATION IN THE TREATMENT OF OCULAR HYPERTENSION AND GLAUCOMA
Yuen D, Kaba Q, Tam E, Somani S. Reply; The Effectiveness and Safety of Micropulse Cyclophotocoagulation in the Treatment of Ocular Hypertension and Glaucoma. Ophthalmology Glaucoma. 2020; 4(1): E3-E4
SAFETY AND EFFICACY OF BROADBAND INTENSE PULSED LIGHT THERAPY FOR DRY EYE DISEASE WITH MEIBOMIAN GLAND DYSFUNCTION
Murtaza F, Toameh D, Al-Habib S, Maini R, Chiu HH, Tam ES , Somani S; Safety and Efficacy of BroadBand Intense Pulsed Light Therapy for Dry Eye Disease with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. 2021;15: 3983 - 3991
AUTOLOGOUS PLATELET-RICH PLASMA DROPS FOR EVAPORATIVE DRY EYE DISEASE FROM MEIBOMIAN GLAND DYSFUNCTION: CLINICAL OPHTHALMOLOGY
Murtaza, Fahmeeda, Toameh, Dana, Chiu, Hannah H, Tam Eric, Somani, Sohel; Autologous Platelet-Rich PlasmaDrops for Evaporative Dry Eye Disease from Meibomian Gland Dysfunction:Clinical Ophthalmology 2022:16 2199-2208
COMPARISON OF BARRETT TORIC CALCULATIONS USING MEASURED AND PREDICTED POSTERIOR CORNEAL ASTIGMATISM IN CATARACT SURGERY PATIENTS
Lukewich, Mark, Murtaza,Fahmeeda, Somani, Sohel, Tam, Eric S., Chiu, Hannah; Comparison of BarrettToric Calculations Using Measured and Predicted Posterior Corneal Astigmatismin Cataract Surgery Patients. Clinical Ophthalmology. 2022 Jun 1;16: 1739-1751