Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa

Carla Lança

Professora Adjunta

Nota Biográfica

Academic Degrees

  • 2014 - PhD in Public Health, specialization in health promotion - National School of Public Health, Lisbon NOVA University. Thesis – Visual function and reading performance in school aged children:
  • 2010 - Master Degree in Social-Organizational Intervention in Health - University of Évora/Lisbon School of Health Technology. Thesis – Relationship between competencies and professional practice in Orthoptists’ performing visual screening in children
  • 2007 - Bachelor Degree in Orthoptics - Lisbon School of Health Technology. Monograph – Determinant factors in parental compliance with occlusion in amblyopic children.

Academic roles and appointments

  • Current – Assistant Professor in Orthoptics [BSc (Hons) Orthopticsat ESTeSL 
  • 2018 to 2021 - Research Fellow at the Singapore Eye Research Institute (Singapore)
  • 2017 to 2018 - Orthoptic BSc (Hons) Program Leader at ESTeSL
  • Since 2012 – Master thesis advisor
  • Since 2008 - Lecture and Assistant Professor in Orthoptics. Teaching in the field of Orthoptics.

Work experience as Orthoptist

  • 2007 to 2017 Orthoptic experience in paediatric patients care during guidance of students in the field of binocular vision and strabismus at Ophthalmology Clinic Prof. Doutor Reich d’Almeida. 

Áreas de Investigação

Research Profiles

Selected Peer-reviewed Papers

  • Lanca C, Kassam I, Patasova K, Foo LL, Li J, Ang M, Hoang QV, Teo YY, Hysi PG, Saw SM. New Polygenic Risk Score to Predict High Myopia in Singapore Chinese Children. Trans. Vis. Sci. Tech. 2021;10(8):26. doi:
  • Lanca C, Yam JC, Jiang WJ, Tham YC, Hassan Emamian M, Tan CS, Guo Y, Liu H, Zhong H, Zhu D, Hu YY, Saxena R, Hashemi H, Chen LJ, Wong TY, Cheng CY, Pang CP, Zhu H, Pan CW, Liang YB, Fotouhi A, Bi HS, Jonas JB, Saw SM. Near work, screen time, outdoor time and myopia in schoolchildren in the Sunflower Myopia AEEC Consortium. Acta Ophthalmol 2021;
  • Lanca C, Sun CH, Chong R, et al. Visual field defects and myopic macular degeneration in Singapore adults with high myopia. British Journal of Ophthalmology.  Published Online First: 22 April 2021. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2020-318674
  • Li M, Lanca C, Tan C, et al. Association of time outdoors and patterns of light exposure with myopia in children. British Journal of Ophthalmology.  Published Online First: 15 April 2021. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2021-318918
  • Lanca C, Foo LL, Ang M, Tan CS, Kathrani B, Htoon HM, Tan D, Hoang QV, Brennan N, Saw SM, Sabanayagam C. Rapid Myopic Progression in Childhood Is Associated With Teenage High Myopia. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2021;62(4):17. doi:
  • Baird PN, Saw SM, Lanca C et al. Myopia. Nat Rev Dis Primers 6, 99 2020.
  • Matsumura S, Lanca C, Htoon HM, Brennan N, Tan CS, Kathrani B, Chia A, Tan D, Sabanayagam C, Saw SM. Annual Myopia Progression and Subsequent 2-Year Myopia Progression in Singaporean Children. Trans. Vis. Sci. Tech. 2020;9(13):12. doi:
  • Wong YL, Zhu X, Tham YC, Yam JCS, Zhang K, Sabanayagam C, Lanca C, et al. Prevalence and predictors of myopic macular degeneration among Asian adults: pooled analysis from the Asian Eye Epidemiology Consortium. Br J Ophthalmol. September 2020: bjophthalmol-2020-316648. doi:10.1136/bjophthalmol-2020-316648
  • Pärssinen O, Soh ZD, Tan C, Lanca C, Kauppinen M, Saw SM. Comparison of myopic progression in Finnish and Singaporean children. Acta Ophthalmol. July 2020:aos.14545. doi:10.1111/aos.14545
  • Li J, Lanca C, Htoon HM, et al. High myopes in Singapore: 19-year progression from childhood to adulthood. Ophthalmology. 2020; 127 (12):1768-1770. doi:10.1016/j.ophtha.2020.05.031
  • Fan Q, Pozarickij A, Tan NYQ, Guo X, Verhoeven VJM, Vitart V, Guggenheim JA, Miyake M, Tideman JWL, Khawaja AP, Zhang L, MacGregor S, Höhn R, Chen P, Biino G, Wedenoja J, Saffari SE, Tedja MS, Xie J, Lanca C, et al.  Genome-wide association meta-analysis of corneal curvature identifies novel loci and shared genetic influences across axial length and refractive error. Commun Biol. 2020;3(1):133. doi:10.1038/s42003-020-0802-y
  • Lanca C, Saw SM. The association between digital screen time and myopia: A systematic review. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2020;40(2):216-229. doi:10.1111/opo.12657
  • Grzybowski A, Kanclerz P, Tsubota, K, Lanca C, Saw SM. A review on the epidemiology of myopia in school children worldwide. BMC Ophthalmol 20, 27 (2020) doi:10.1186/s12886-019-1220-0
  • Lanca C, Teo A, Vivagandan A, Htoon HM, Najjar RP, Spiegel DP, Pu S-H, Saw S-M. The effects of different outdoor environments, sunglasses and hats on light levels: implications for myopia prevention. Trans Vis Sci Tech. 2019;8(4):7,