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Visual Impairment

Amblyopia, colloquially referred to as ‘lazy eye’, is a developmental disorder characterised by reduced vision in one eye. It is the most common cause of visual impairment in childhood, affecting one in 30 children.

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Preventing future blindness

Dr Ehsan Vaghefi, University of Auckland Dr Vaghefi’s father lost his eyesight when he was only four years old, due to undiagnosed congenital glaucoma. Growing up with a blind father, and in a circle of families with a blind parent or child, Dr Vaghefi was inspired to develop technologies that will prevent unnecessary eyesight loss. Short-sightedness can lead to preventable…

A new method for measuring visual acuity progression in young children

Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, is a paediatric condition that almost doubles the lifetime risk of legal blindness, affects motor development and impairs reading.  During childhood, amblyopia interferes with the development of fine motor skills and affects reading speed, which can reduce academic success and self-esteem. Amblyopia also contributes to disparities in well-being because it is more prevalent in…

Reducing the medication dosage when screening premature babies for retinopathy of prematurity

Associate Professor David Reith University of Otago In New Zealand and Australia, around 540 very premature babies are born each year. These babies are at high risk for many health issues including blindness caused by retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). ROP is an eye disease that causes abnormal blood vessels to grow in the retina and is one of the most…

Supporting eyewear compliance for amblyopia

Dr Joanna Black University of Auckland Amblyopia, often referred to as ‘lazy eye’, is a common visual disorder affecting around one in 30 children. The condition is characterised by a deficit in visual acuity (clarity of vision) usually in one eye, which can significantly impact on a child’s educational development. Standard treatment involves wearing spectacles with an obscured lens over…

Real stories of kids living with Visual Impairment


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