Priorities for Refractive Error and Ocular Motility
At a workshop held on 26 April 2013 attended by patients and eye health professionals the following top 10 priorities for refractive error and ocular motility research were identified:
- What factors influence the development of refractive error (myopia, astigmatism, presbyopia, and long-sightedness)?
- What is the cause of both congenital and acquired nystagmus?
- How can the development of binocular vision in young children with squint and amblyopia be promoted, and would the same approach work in older individuals without inducing intractable diplopia?
- Would correction of refractive error have a positive impact on early life learning and development?
- Does early diagnosis of refractive error improve long-term prognosis and promote faster, more effective treatment?
- What is the effect of congenital nystagmus on visual and emotional development?
- What is the most effective treatment for exotropia and when should it be delivered?
- How can the functional effects of surgical treatment for squint be best assessed?
- Could the accurate testing of refractive error be made less dependent on a subjective response, i.e. the person's own response?
- How can myopia be prevented?