Professor Carly Lam, Professor and Interim Head of School of Optometry, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Professor Lam has a long-standing research interest in myopia. She was among the first to record the high prevalence of myopia (reaching 80%) in the Hong Kong school children during the early 1990s. Important milestones in Carly’s research included the development of the Defocus Incorporated Soft Contact (DISC) lens and the Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segment (DIMS) spectacle lens for myopia control; these methods were demonstrated to slow myopia progression by as much as 60% over two year randomized clinical trial studies. Both the DISC and DIMS lens method have now been protected by patents in a number of countries.
Carly received the OPO Bernard Gilmartin Award from the College of Optometrists for Research Excellence in 2015. She together with Prof Chi-ho To won the Grand Prize and Gold Medal with Jury's Commendation at The 39th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva for the DISC lens clinical trial in 2011 and the Grand Prize (overall Championship) at the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva for the DIMS lens technology in 2018.