I am a test subject!

Well, I didn’t think I’d ever get to say this. I’ve decided to take part in an experiment that the Applied Optics group is running from the 13th to the 17th. All I need to do is to sit in front of two different devices and look through an eyepiece at some flashing lights. The session lasts 30 minutes, although each test itself probably won’t last that long, and I get paid (€10, which amounts to two or three lunches)!

The reason the Applied Optics group is doing this is to study AMD, or age-related macular degeneration. It’s a progressive, incurable disease which destroys the macular area of the retina, which results in a loss of central, high resolution colour vision and is the leading cause of blindness in the Western world. Here is a video of what it can lead to.
More specifically, they want to measure the amount of the macular pigment in people’s eyes. There’s more information here.

I’m slated for 2 o’clock on Monday the 13th. I’ll do a post on the results later.


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About Philip

I'm a physics graduate, sci-fi writer, budding game designer, and amateur human.

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