What happens once I've volunteered my child?
Once you have registered as a potential volunteer we will contact you when suitable studies arise and ask if you and your child would like to take part.
One of our researchers will explain what the study involves and if you would like to go ahead with it we will arrange a time, at your convenience, for you both to come into the lab.
You can also ask us to remove you from our database for any reason, for example if it is no longer convenient for you to attend.
What will my child be doing on the day?
Exactly what your child will be doing on the day will depend on the study we are running, but all our studies are oriented towards children and designed to be fun and rewarding.
If you agree to take part in a study we will always send you full details ahead of your visit, as well as information on how to get to the lab.
Once you arrive we will go through the details with you and confirm that you agree to take part in the study.
How long will a visit last and will I need to come in more than once?
Each study varies in the time and length of commitment required and we will discuss this with you before you agree to take part.
A single session will usually last no longer than an hour, and often (especially with younger children) consideraby less.
We will always try and arrange your visit around your schedule. With school-age children we are happy to arrange visits for after the school day or during the school holidays.
What facilities are available?
We have a child-friendly environment with a range of toys available to make your child feel at home, as well as teas and coffees for parents.
There are also baby changing facilities avaliable.
I have more than one child is it okay to bring them along too?
Yes, this is fine.
Would we receive anything for participating?
All our research relies on the kind contribution of volunteers without whom our work would not be possible.
We are happy to reimburse you for any travel expenses in coming to see us, up to £20. If you live within a 3 mile radius of the Child Vision Lab we can arrange and pay for a return taxi for you.
My child wears glasses - can they take part in studies?
In most cases, children who wear glasses can take part in our studies. If your child has a serious visual problem they may not be able to take part, as we are usually looking for childen with normal vision to compare with patient groups.
I have a concern about my child's vision - can I make an appointment to be seen by you?
We are a specialist unit dedicated to research, rather than medical care, so we are not the appropriate point of contact. If you do have a concern about your child's vision, you should first contact your GP or health visitor, who can then refer you for a clinical appointment if necessary.