A device for the assessment of visual function in young children

Project Team Leader
Dr Jason Turuwhenua (Auckland Bioengineering Institute, UoA)

Project Team
A/Prof Ben Thompson (Dept of Optometry and Vision Science, UoA)
Dr Oliver Thompson (Callaghan Innovation)
Dr Evan Hirst (Callaghan Innovation)

Project Summary
Accurate evaluation of visual function in young children is highly challenging. There are very few methods available and none of these are suitable for use by health care providers who do not have extensive training in paediatric ophthalmology, optometry and/or visual electrophysiology. We are developing a novel technology that seeks to identify an involuntary, reflexive movement of the eye known as optokinetic nystagmus (OKN) to objectively evaluate visual function in young children.