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Child Vision Lab

At the Child Vision Lab we want to understand how infants and children learn to see and interact with the world.

We create fun, child-friendly research studies that help us discover:

  • what infants and children can see and how their visual skills develop
  • what happens when infants and children are born with visual impairments
  • how the brain changes when the sensory system and motor system start working together better during development
  • what happens in adults when vision becomes impaired, using our knowledge of visual development

We use state-of-the-art scientific approaches and techniques, whilst introducing parents and children to real scientific experiments in a fun and playful manner.


Update: UCL COVID Impacts Study

The Child Vision Lab is collaborating with UCL Psychologists Professor Peter Fonagy and Dr Marc Tibber to understand how COVID-19 is affecting families in the UK. 

We have now had a great response, with over 600 people completing our online survey. We are currently analysing the data, and are excited to update with our findings very soon! 

We'd like to thank everyone who completed or shared this survey with others. Thanks to everyone who took part, we should be able to better understand how people have been coping with COVID-19 restrictions and effects, and what we can do to help in the future.  


COVID-19 update 

In order to prevent the possible spread of coronavirus, we are currently converting some of our ongoing research studies to be carried out online. Our team has also been working hard to put safety measures in place so that we can return to seeing patients and participants face-to-face for research that can not be carried out remotely. 

Home Acuity Test

In 2020, we helped clinicians from Moorfields Eye Hospital develop a printable Home Acuity Test to allow ophthalmologic patients to attend remote appointments via telephone. You can now read a full evaluation of the test here.

You can check back here for updates on our work, and any studies you may be able to get involved with, or click here to register you or your child to the Child Vision Lab database so we can stay in touch. 


See our Winter Newsletter 2019/2020 to find out more about what we've been up to! 

Since 2018, we launched Vision@UCL Talks, a free monthly event for everyone (from non-scientific public to expert scientists). The series features eminent international vision science speakers, who bridge the fields of psychophysics, fMRI, and computational modelling in vision science.