Research

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.

Currently we have over 160 families involved in our research – some of which have been with us since the beginning!

April at the Eye Clinic

The Cardiff Down's syndrome cohort was first set up in 1992 by Bill Fraser and Maggie Woodhouse. We have children ranging from 3 months to 16 years old in the cohort, the majority of whom live in South and West Wales.

As you can imagine, over the years we have amassed a wealth of important information regarding visual development in children with Down's syndrome, which helps us understand how their vision can be optimised. It is important that we relay this information to others who work closely with people with Down's syndrome, for example parents and families, teachers and relevant professionals.

Our studies are explained in detail below.

Binocular vision and eye alignment

Looking in detail at the prevalence and types of squint (eye-turn) in children with Down's syndrome and the ways in which the two eyes work together.

Ocular Morphology

Measuring and cataloguing the differences in the retina between people with Down's syndrome and ordinary people.

Longitudinal study

Studying refractive errors (long or short-sight) in children with Down's Syndrome.

Keratoconus study

Up to 15% of people with Down's syndrome have Keratoconus, which is far more than the general population. We are investigating if genes in people with Down's syndrome may be the cause.

Bifocal study

The Bifocal study looked at the effects of wearing bifocal spectacles on near visual functions, such as accommodation (focusing).

Visual evoked potentials study

Many things can hinder the flow of information from the eye to the brain. The purpose of this study was to discover whether anything is disrupting this flow of visual information in children with Down's syndrome.