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Down’s Syndrome Vision Research Unit

Children with Down’s syndrome are much more likely than ordinary children to have eye and vision problems, and it is essential that we recognise the difficulties the children have and do our best to improve vision as much a possible.

Headed by Maggie Woodhouse, the research unit has been studying visual development in children with Down’s syndrome since 1992. We have a loyal and committed group of children (and families) who take part in our studies, and we are grateful to each and every one.

Over the years, the unit has made important discoveries about the ways in which eyes and vision differ in children with Down’s syndrome. These have led to evidence-based guidelines for testing and managing eye problems and hospital eye department as well as local optometrists are now far better informed to ensure that children with Down’s syndrome are able to reach their full visual potential.