Children’s Vision

Between 1 in 10 and 1 in 20 New Zealand children have some form of vision problem which, if left untreated, could affect literacy and academic performance. Screening for vision problems in childhood is important because many children, and their parents, may not realise there is anything wrong.  Most childhood vision problems aren’t obvious – the eyes look and feel perfectly normal – but left untreated vision problems can lead to permanent visual loss which may be impossible to correct in adulthood.  Poor vision may limit future career choices such as joining the police force, becoming a pilot or even getting a commercial driver’s licence.  Children’s vison screening helps with the diagnosis of:

  • Refractive error – short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism that require correction with spectacles
  • Amblyopia (‘lazy eye’) – which can lead to permanent vision loss because the eyes and brain are not working together
  • Strabismus (‘turned eye’) – where the two eyes are misaligned.

For all of these conditions early intervention is the key to successful treatment.

Current research

HRC Emerging Researcher First Grant

HRC Emerging Researcher First Grant

Congratulations to Dr Rebecca Findlay, who, with support from Jo Black, Jason Turuwhenua, Claudia Rivera (Science), Nina Hood (Education and Social Work), and Misty Edmonds (Iwi United Engaged), has won a prestigious HRC Emerging Researcher First Grant. These highly...

Our researchers

Dr Joanna Black

Lecturer, Deputy Head of School

Dr Andrew Collins

Head of School

Prof Steven Dakin

Lab site:

Dr Tina Gao


Rob Jacobs

Honorary Associate Professor

Dr Nicola Anstice

Honorary Associate Professor, University of Canberra

Dr Jason Turuwhenua

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Jay South

Research Fellow

Dr Lisa Hamm

Research Fellow

Dr Rebecca Findlay

Research Fellow