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Dr Keith Pine's PhD thesis entitled "The response of the anophthalmic socket to prosthetic eye wear" describes a set of individual investigations carried out between 2010 and 2013. The findings have culminated in a proposed model of the socket's response to prosthetic eye wear and a protocol for the management of non-specific mucoid discharge.

Publications from the research so far:

  • Pine K, Sloan B, Stewart J, Jacobs RJ. Concerns of anophthalmic patients wearing artificial eyes. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol. 2011;39(1):47-52.
  • Pine KR, Sloan B, Jacobs RJ. Biosocial profile of New Zealand prosthetic eye wearers. N Z Med J. 2012;125(1363):29-38.
  • Pine K, Sloan B, Stewart J, Jacobs RJ. A survey of prosthetic eye wearers to investigate mucoid discharge. Clin Ophthalmol. 2012;6:707-713.
  • Pine K R, Sloan B, Jacob R. Deposit build-up on prosthetic eyes and the implications for conjunctival inflammation and mucoid discharge. Clin Ophthalmol. 2012;6:1-8.
  • Pine KR, Sloan B, Jacobs RJ. The development of measuring tools for prosthetic eye research. Clin Experiment Optom. 2012;96(1):32-40.
  • Pine KR, Sloan B, Stewart J, Jacobs RJ. The response of the anophthalmic socket to prosthetic eye wear. Clin Experiment Optom. 2013;DIO:10.1111/cxo.12004.
  • Pine KR, Sloan B, Jacobs RJ. Deposit buildup on prosthetic eye material (in vitro) and its effect on surface wettability. Clinical Ophthalmol. 2013;7:313-319
  • Pine KR, Sloan B, Jacobs RJ. A proposed model of the response of the anophthalmic socket to prosthetic eye wear and its application to the management of mucoid discharge. Medical Hypotheses. 2013;DOI:10.1016/j.mehy.2013.04.024

Dr Pine presented the findings from the research to the 3rd May 2013 conference of the New Zealand branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.