We study the mechanisms of vision development in health and disease using child-friendly vision tests and brain imaging, to develop better treatments for sight loss and improve quality of life.
We study the mechanisms of vision development in health and disease using child-friendly vision tests and brain imaging, to develop better treatments for sight-loss and improve quality of life.

We are a non-profit research unit at University College London’s Institute of Ophthalmology. We are situated within the Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital, the oldest and largest centre for treatment, teaching, and research into eye diseases in Europe.

Our mission, in collaboration with Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Institute of Ophthalmology, is to push the boundaries of knowledge in treating currently incurable eye conditions and to improve our understanding of the development of the eye and brain in children.

We study the development of vision in children, from infancy into adolescence–using brain imaging, virtual reality, and computer games, to explore how we see the world around us. Our lab also develops novel eye tests to use in young children, helping diagnose and prevent serious eye conditions early on and investigates mental health and wellbeing in young people with vision impairment.

Join us in our endeavor to create a brighter and clearer future for young minds and their vision!

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Join the Adventure! Become a Research Hero!

Calling all young adventurers! Come be part of our exciting research at the Child Vision Lab. We're searching for curious kids like you to explore how you see the world. Through awesome experiments, we unravel the mysteries of vision and help others with visual impairments. Join us now by visiting our participation page!

Help us with our research!

Join the Adventure! Become a Research Hero!

Calling all young adventurers! Come be part of our exciting research at the Child Vision Lab. We're searching for curious kids like you to explore how you see the world. Through awesome experiments, we unravel the mysteries of vision and help others with visual impairments. Join us now by visiting our participation page!

Help us with our research!

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Dr Tessa Dekker
Principal Investigator
I am a cognitive neuroscientist, interested in how the brain develops and how we learn to see the world around us. I am particularly interested in how the brain learns to integrate information from different senses, such as vision and touch, and how this process is affected by visual impairment.
Our Funders

We are grateful for the support of our funders, who make our research possible.

Recent Publications

Crossland, Michael D. et al. (2023)
Can children measure their own vision? A comparison of three new contrast sensitivity tests.
Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics,.    Open access link Web link doi: 10.1111/opo.13230
Shenyan, Oris et al. (2023)
Flicker and Ganzfeld induced visual hallucinations differ in frequency and content.
Preprint link doi: 10.1101/2023.08.08.552408
Tibber, Marc S. et al. (2023)
The association between sociodemographic inequalities, COVID-related impacts and mental health.
Journal of Affective Disorders, 325, 596–603.    Open access link Web link doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2023.01.037
Contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7608 6819
E-Mail: [email protected]
Postal address:
Child Vision Lab
UCL Institute of Ophthalmology
11-43 Bath Street
London
EC1V 9EL
United Kingdom