This report examines the simulation of eye move- ment and resulting stresses with mech- anical event simulation software to research retinal detachments, a condition that affects 25,000 people annually. The set-up of the bio- mechanical finite element model of the eye, as well as avenues for further research, are discussed in detail. This research may help to explain why near-sighted eyes are more at risk for retinal detachment, provide better postoperative recovery instructions for patients undergoing retinal surgery, and even lead to the discovery of techniques for the prevention of retinal detachments.

This work was done by Dr. Robert Park of the Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston and Tufts University School of Medicine utilizing ALGOR’s Mechanical Event Simulation software. To obtain a copy of this report, visit

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This article first appeared in the July, 2002 issue of NASA Tech Briefs Magazine.

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