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Shortsightedness Study Needs Subjects

A research team at Queensland University of Technology is looking for short-sighted and normally sighted males and females between 18 and 25 to participate in a study that will investigate how shortsightedness progresses.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column]

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Al Dossari, from QUT’s School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, said the research will study “the effects of focussing on near targets on the back of the eye: its shape, the thickness of its choroid, and the orientation of its light sensing cells”.

“The results will be compared for nearsighted and people with normal vision to better understand the progression of nearsightedness.”

Shortsightedness, or myopia, is very common in Australia affecting about 15 per cent of the population. It usually develops in teenage years and can get worse over time.

“The results of this study will provide a better understanding of myopia development risk and the effectiveness of optical treatments,” Mr. Al Dossari said.

Participants, who will receive a $20 gift voucher, will have a routine eye exam and some specialist tests including dilating the pupil of one eye using drops. Volunteers would need to commit to three visits and up to five hours of time.

Contact: Mr. Al Dossari hussainmubarakd.aldossari@student.qut.edu.au or (AUS) 07 3138 6403.

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