UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


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.

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. 

By filling out a 20 minute online survey, you can help provide important insight into the effects of COVID-19 measures, such as social isolation and school closures. 

The survey is open to anyone over the age of 18 living in the UK, and is completely voluntary. All answers are made completely anonymous, and you can stop at any time.

Click here to Take the Survey or copy the link below into your internet browser.


Please feel free to share this link with friends and family who might be interested in helping.

COVID-19 update 

In order to prevent the possible spread of coronavirus, we will not be carrying out any research that requires face-to-face contact in the coming weeks. We fully support social distancing recommendations, and are using this time to create new and exciting studies for the future, while continuing our ongoing research activities from home. 

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.