Entry for:2018 Queensland Women in STEM Prize
1. Please provide a short summary of your research, project or technology.
Computerised ‘smart’ charts have been embraced by a growing number of commercial optometry practices as the main method for measuring distance vision, replacing many of more the traditional printed and projector charts. Whilst there are many advantages with the newer smart chart designs, many of these charts have not been validated, which means their ability to detect a true vision loss is not known.
In particular, the ability of the picture chart component to accurately identify reduced vision in young children is unknown. Given the importance of identifying vision loss early in young children, to reduce the risk of conditions such as amblyopia (lazy eye) from progressing, it is important that the examiner has confidence that any reduced vision found is a true measure, and not an artefact of the chart. The current research evaluates the ability of newer chart designs to accurately detect vision loss in children.