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

The challenge our Recovering Orthoptic and Children’s Ophthalmology Service will face after the coronavirus pandemic

Since the start of social distancing measures in March, almost 5,000 “routine” appointments have been cancelled in Southampton alone. Patients with common but manageable conditions such as lazy eye  are likely to be affected the most.

With schools closed, screening for children aged 4 to 5 years with amblyopia has stopped, and when schools reopen, departments can expect a glut of new referrals as nurse-screeners catch up,” says Consultant Ophthalmologist, Dr Jay Self.

That’s why we need your help now more than ever.

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.

The Children’s Eye Examination & Testing At Home (CHEETAH) study would initially benefit 300 children over the course of the three year study across Hampshire and potentially nationally.

Together, we can make a difference.