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Amblyopia: testing a new 3D movie treatment for lazy eye

Research date: 1 September 2018 - 1 August 2020
Grant amount: £177,932.00

Amblyopia – or ‘lazy eye’ – is a common sight condition that develops in childhood, affecting an estimated one in 30 to one in 50 children in the UK.1 Although current treatments, such as the use of eye patches and eye drops, can be effective – they need to be used for many years and children and parents often dislike them....

Vision in children born to mothers taking methadone in pregnancy

Research date: 1 July 2017 - 30 June 2019
Grant amount: £136,730.00

Estimates suggest one in every hundred babies in the UK is born to a mother who has a problem with drug abuse.1 Pregnant women who are addicted to opioid drugs such as heroin are offered a substitute medicine called methadone as part of a harm reduction programme. In 2010, Dr Ruth Hamilton, of Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children, studied the...

Helping children in special schools to overcome vision problems

Research date: 1 March 2016 - 28 February 2019
Grant amount: £189,315.00

Over 100,000 children and young people attend special schools in the UK.1-4 They are more likely than other children to have vision problems, but evidence suggests their problems often go unrecognised and untreated.5 Professor Kathryn Saunders, of Ulster University, is investigating the benefits of assessing children’s vision within the familiar...

Down syndrome: the mysterious benefits of bifocal glasses

Research date: 1 July 2015 - 28 February 2019
Grant amount: £169,053.00

Around 750 babies with Down syndrome are born each year in the UK.1 Many go on to have problems with their near vision, meaning they need glasses.2 Parents and teachers of some children have noticed they seem to do much better with bifocals than expected, and the children themselves say they prefer bifocals. Dr Maggie Woodhouse, of Cardiff University is...

Cataracts: could a new approach to surgery improve children’s vision?

Research date: 1 April 2014 - 30 September 2017
Grant amount: £191,577.00

Around 200 babies are born with cataracts each year in the UK.1 They can develop blurred or misty vision, or even go blind. Indeed estimates suggest up to 210,000 children worldwide have lost their sight to cataracts.2-4 Surgery can restore children’s vision if done soon enough, but its effects aren’t perfect. Professor Colin McCaig, of the...

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How eye-tracking technology can help children

Posted: 12 September 2016 14:25 pm
Children with visual field defects cannot see everything they should be able to. This can seriously affect their development and daily life. It may also be a sign of more serious illness such as a brain tumour. Action funding has helped develop a more child-friendly technique to improve diagnosis. Visual impairments affect millions of people worldwide...
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