Research into lazy eye condition | Southampton Hospitals Charity

Help boost children’s vision and make life less stressful for their families

Amblyopia, more commonly known as a “lazy eye”, is a childhood condition which affects 1 in 50 children in the UK.

It occurs when a child’s vision, in one or both eyes, doesn’t develop properly.

The condition is treated by placing a patch on the good eye to force the weaker to become stronger.  Early treatment lessens the long term effects of the condition on a child and without medical attention youngsters are likely to suffer for the rest of their life.

Research into lazy eye conditions

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At the moment, children with lazy eye have to come into hospital every six weeks for 90 minute long appointments,” says Consultant Ophthalmologist, Dr Jay Self. “And it’s for months, often years.”

This is more than just a hassle for parents changing schedules to fit in appointments and kids missing vital lessons. Families have to follow the treatment correctly, or it won’t work.

Often these children don’t have brilliant vision in their better eye,” says Dr Self. “If our advice isn’t followed and treatment doesn’t work, the child has to live with one eye that will never see well.”

Smart solutions

Our experts say everyday technology could help. Dr Self’s team are looking into lending parents an iPad with a special app which will allow them to monitor children’s sight at home.

This could be a game-changer. Children will need fewer appointments, while families might be more likely to follow the treatment.

We’re all ready to go, but now we need your support to make this happen.

Just £16 could pay for an hour of research while £300 could pay for a workshop so families can learn how to use the app.

Make a difference

The fact that children don’t have the vision that they should – bearing in mind all the novel technology and innovations we have in other areas – really upsets me,” says Dr Self.

This research project would initially benefit 300 children over the course of the three year study across Hampshire and potentially nationally.

Together, we can make a difference.