A 40 second experiment

experimental step 1: cover the weak eye

Step One

Cover the "good" eye your child sees with using one hand

experimental step 2: track an object

Step Two

Move an item around and see if their weak eye can follow it. Bring it within two hands lengths of the face.

Couldn't follow the object?

experimental step 1: remove the cover

Step Three

Uncover the "good" eye. Does the "weak" eye suddenly go from tracking the object, to slipping to the side?

Step two shows that each eye works ok on its own. In Step Three the eyes are asked to work together, but they don't. Why?

From two eyes, one image

From two eyes, one image

Each eye has a different view on the world. The brain needs to combine these two images into what you actually "see" - one image with depth.

If your brain is struggling to combine the images from each eye, it sometimes shuts one eye down.

If there is nothing physically wrong with the eye, or eye muscles, then it is probably a neurological problem, which the mind can learn to overcome!

Mental coordination can be restored by binocular visual training, as the brain is capable of learning, which means "re-wiring" itself.

We want to help understand and heal strabismic amblyopia

Science is re-discovering just how important binocular visual training is. The study sizes are small, however, and too few eye doctors are aware of recent advances. Our mission is, with you, to create one of the largest citizen science experiments in the world - to verify the positive effects of binocular training on strabismic amblyopia.

How can your child learn to use both eyes again?

How can your child learn to use both eyes again?

Our approach is to create a situation : a puzzle or a game, in which each eye can only see part of what is happening. The desire to play the game creates the motivation which causes the brain to put effort in learning how to combine the images from both eyes - to suffer the struggle of learning and making new neural connections.

We have created a mobile app for young children, which provides such a motivational learning environment. It simplifies the difficulties faced by the brain in such a way that temporal and spatial coordination between the eyes must be learn to complete the games and puzzles contained within it.

Be part of the experiment - Download the App

The Awkward Eye experimental app will be available soon for Android and Apple phones and tablets.

What do I have to do as a parent?

Learning is hard work. Learning means making new connections in the brain, and that can be tiring. Your job is to encourage and motivate your child to play in a focused way for a few minutes every few days in exchange for praise and a reward. Learning something so fundamental cannot be expected to work immediately, but over time we have personally seen excellent results.

Be part of the experiment - Download the App

The Awkward Eye experimental app will be available soon for Android and Apple phones and tablets.

We see with our minds as much as our eyes

We see with our Minds as much as ours Eyes

Seeing is a complicated business, keeping two eyes focused on something, whilst you and it are probably both in motion! So many parts, from lens, to muscles, to nerves, to neurons, need to be held in coordination.

If some part of this complex system has not learnt to do it's job properly, it can lead to amblyopia. The good news is that the brain is far more capable of being taught - of learning how to overcome a blockage - than has been traditionally thought. There are many ways in which any of the many links in the chain of vision may break!