The impact of amblyopia on health and literacy

Poor vision in young children potentially affects their long term educational attainment, health and social outcomes. Early detection and treatment is recommended, however, many children fail to attend for treatment.  I will explore factors influencing the occurrence of poor vision in young children and investigate why some children do not access treatment services.  I will also assess the impact of poor vision on early developing literacy skills.

The proposed research is nested in a birth cohort of 12000 Bradford children who are starting school. The evidence generated will inform a review and evaluation of alternative models of service provision.