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VisION and early childhood development study


For some children, wearing eyeglasses will improve their vision and other aspects of their development. What we don’t know how much near-sightedness, far-sightedness, or astigmatism needs to be present in order for the eyeglasses to be useful for the child.

This project is aimed at addressing the following questions:

 

How well do automated visions screening instruments predict which children require eyeglasses?

 

Which toddlers are likely to see better as a result of wearing eyeglasses?

 

Which toddlers are likely to have improved development as a result of wearing eyeglasses?

 

How does prescribing eyeglasses to toddlers impact the family, as well as the child?

Children who enroll in the study will participate in Vision Testing, Eye Measurements, and an Eye Examination. Some children, depending on the results of their Eye Examination, may also be invited to participate in an eyeglass study.

Vision Testing & Eye Measurements
Children are presented with one or more pictures or patterns, and their vision is measured by a researcher who watches the child’s eye movements. From this, we can determine which patterns the child can or can not see.

Eye Examination
An eye examination will be conducted by a pediatric eye doctor. The exam includes the use of eye drops. The doctor will inform the parent if the results of the exam were normal. Children’s eyes may also be measured by an automated instrument. The child simply looks at a light, and the instrument measures the eye without touching it by measuring how light is reflected back from the eye.

If a problem is noted upon examination the doctor can provide a referral letter to the child’s pediatrician recommending follow-up.

Eyeglass Study
Some children, depending on the results of their Eye Examination, may also be invited to participate in an eyeglass study. Children will receive eyeglasses and the study will monitor their progress for 3-4 months.
If you are interested in finding out more about the study, you can reach us at 324-3160 or at emharvey@email.arizona.edu.

Study Forms

LINK TO EYE EXAMINATION CONSENT FORM (ENGLISH)

LINK TO EYE EXAMINATION CONSENT FORM (SPANISH)

LINK TO EYEGLASS STUDY CONSENT FORM (ENGLISH)

LINK TO EYEGLASS STUDY CONSENT FORM (SPANISH)

LINK TO DEVELOPMENTAL STUDY CONSENT FORM

The Visual Development Laboratory

Erin M Harvey, PhD, Director
Joseph M Miller, MD, MPH, Medical Director

Square and Compass Building
2600 N Wyatt Drive, 2nd Floor
Tucson, AZ 85712
Phone: 520-324-3160
Fax: 520-324-3161
E-mail: emharvey@arizona.edu


An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.