Research project

Design and implementation of a testing and validation optical phantom device for ocular oximetry


Early detection of eye diseases, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, can help prevent blindness. These diseases are related to the supply of oxygen to the retina. Early diagnosis is therefore possible using retinal oximetry based on spectroscopic techniques. Currently, retinal oximetry can be performed with a device based on the concept of retinographs, common in optometry. However, these devices are bulky and heavy. The design of a handheld retinal oximetry device is necessary in order to meet the requirements of use in the context of medical emergencies.

We are currently working on the design and development of a portable retinal oximetry device in collaboration with a company. This prototype aims at a clinical implementation for the diagnosis of various degenerative diseases. This device must be tested in the laboratory to guarantee its performance. A key component of device validation is the creation of an optical phantom that mimics the characteristics of the eye. This work presents several challenges, but its completion will greatly facilitate testing of the device, as well as research and development in the field of ocular oximetery in the future.

Research Field

- Optical engineering
- Retinal oxymetry
- Spectroscopy
- Medical instrumentation

Research Supervisor

Simon Thibault

Research Environment

Optical Engineering research lab

Led by Prof. Simon Thibault, PhD, Ing., the Optical Engineering research lab (LRIO in french) at Université Laval is the only Canadian laboratory offering post-graduate training in optical design. Our goal is to develop solutions in different fields of study within modern optics, working on both theoretical and practical applications for astronomy, space exploration, medical application, security and surveillance, teledetection, machine vision, industrial inspection, military systems and lighting.

Zilia is developing a groundbreaking technology bound to redefine the way we prevent, diagnose, and treat various ocular, neurological, and systemic conditions. The company has been collaborating with LRIO for several years.

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Financial Aid Available by Program of Study

Master's Degree in Physics with thesis

Program description

Financial Aid Available*

Financial Aid Related to Research Project

Information unavailable

Program-Specific Financial Aid

Graduate Studies Awards

Milestone Amount
Evaluated activity
Achievement scholarship $1,000 
Total $1,650

Université Laval: Student Financial Aid

Sources de financement Montant
Leadership and Comittment Scholarship (Canadians & permanent residents) $10,000
Citizens of the World Scholarship (International students) $20,000
Mobility Grant for Out-of-Province Internships or Research Visits (in French)
$1,000 to $2,000
Graduate Scholarships from Granting Agencies
$17,500 to $40,000
Online Directory of Graduate Scholarships (in French)
$500 to $50,000

* Amounts shown represent maximum financial aid available. Certain conditions apply. Subject to change without prior notice. For further information, contact sponsoring organizations directly.

Desired Profile

- Physics

Required Documentation

- Curriculum vitæ
- Student transcript

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Anne-Sophie Poulin-Girard
Professionnelle de recherche
Département de physique, de génie physique et d'optique