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Dr. Leat – Developing a New Vision Test for Young Children

Scientific Title: Development of a new differential visual acuity test for infants with blindness and vision loss

Lead Investigator: Dr. Susan Leat
Institution: University of Waterloo
Granted: $171,300 over 2 years

Detecting vision loss early is important so children can receive sight-saving treatments or get support to improve their quality of life. Currently it is hard to diagnose children who are younger than three years old as the tests rely on children being able to identify letters or match shapes. Dr. Leat’s team has developed a new test for children. This project will determine whether these tests are more sensitive and effective than current tests, which would facilitate earlier diagnoses for children.

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