Help Shape the Future of Eye Health: Your Child’s Participation Matters!


Next Steps

  1. Complete the study questionnaire
  2. Understand if you’re eligible to participate
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Research Centre: UNSW School of Optometry & Vision Science
Location: Rupert Myers Building (M15), Gate 14, Barker St, UNSW, Kensington NSW 2052, Australia
Lead Researcher: Dr. Pauline King
HREC: This study has been reviewed and approved by the UNSW Human Research Ethics Committee

About the Study

Has your child been diagnosed with myopia also known as shortsightedness? Do you want to be at the forefront of research that could change the way we understand children’s eye health? Then this study might just be what you’re looking for!

Researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are on a mission to delve into the effects of near vision behaviour on myopia progression in children. UNSW is committed to pioneering research that can lead to actionable strategies, helping eye care professionals offer better guidance and treatment options. Join researchers in this important endeavour and help shape the future of myopia treatment for children everywhere.

Why Participate?

  • Participants will be compensated up to a total of $300 in Coles gift vouchers for participating in this study.
  • Participants will be helping researchers better understand the link between myopia treatment and near vision behaviour in children with shortsightedness.
  • Participants will be contributing valuable information that may benefit children with shortsightedness in the future.
  • Participants will be helping to advance medical research.

Your Rights

  • If you decide to participate in the study and later feel that you no longer wish to be part of it, you can withdraw at any time.
  • Any information that you provide will be kept strictly confidential, except as required by law.
  • Qualified health professionals will monitor your health as it relates to the study.

Who Can Participate?

  • Children aged 6 to 14 years who are diagnosed with shortsightedness (myopia)
  • Participants’ eyesight must be greater than -0.50D in both eyes
  • Participants must be willing to undergo myopia treatment at the UNSW or QUT Optometry Clinic
  • Participants must not have a history of eye turn (strabismus) or lazy eye (amblyopia)
  • Participants must not be using any myopia control therapies
  • Participants must be generally healthy
  • Must be able to attend 3 study visits at the research site over approximately 12 months

More Study Details

The study team will explain the research in its entirety but some details are:

  • Participants will undergo myopia control treatment at the UNSW or QUT Optometry clinic
  • Participants will attend three study visits at UNSW or QUT while undergoing myopia control treatment, including a baseline visit (unless continuing from a previous study phase), and follow-ups at 6 and 12 months, involving eligibility screening and various measurements such as vision, ocular health, and choroidal thickness, which is safe and non-invasive.
  • Participants will receive the Vivior at the baseline visit, a non-invasive sensor device to be worn for 8 days to monitor near vision behaviour in various settings. This procedure is repeated for both 6-month and 12-month follow-up visits, totalling 24 days of Vivior usage throughout the study.
  • Participants are required to complete online questionnaires about their child’s near vision behaviour on specific days of wearing the Vivior and their experiences with the device.

About the Research Centre

UNSW School of Optometry & Vision Science
We’re dedicated to forming partnerships with the ophthalmic industry and across the healthcare sector. Our school is committed to translational research which leads to practical application and significant improvements in ocular health. The best practicum experience, the UNSW Optometry Clinic supports optometry education, providing on-campus clinical training for students.

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What’s Next?

  1. Click the link to enter your contact details and take the study questionnaire.
  2. If eligible, a member of the research team will contact you to discuss the study and answer any questions you may have.
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