In October, the Illinois College of Optometry signed an agreement with the Dr. Newton K. Wesley Foundation to support a new research project. ICO is studying the effects of orthokeratology on slowing the progression of myopia. This study hopes to expand potential application of orthokeratology to a novel population, African American school-aged children.
Lee Wesley, DMin, president of the NKWF, signed the official document with Dr. Arol Augsburger. The individuals overseeing the project at ICO are Drs. Yi Pang, Valerie Kattouf, and Jennifer Harthan. Research is taking place in the Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence within the Illinois Eye Institute. We thank the Dr. Newton K. Wesley Foundation for its support. By keeping ICO at the forefront of optometric research, we are helping young patients thrive.