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Subspecialties Business and Innovation, Imaging & Diagnostics, Pediatric

Building Castles for Kids

My interest in the problems posed by pediatric visual field assessment started many years ago, when I was a trainee in Manchester. I was helping in Cecilia Fenerty’s clinics; she had a specific interest in pediatric glaucoma, and it was clear that getting visual fields in these patients was almost prohibitively difficult. They had short attention spans, often poor concentration, and over all they just didn’t like doing the VF tests. One day after clinic, I came home from the clinic and found my nephew playing a computer game; I tried to engage with him, to converse, but he wouldn’t even look up from the screen! That’s when it struck me – if we could design a field test that worked like a computer game, we might finally be able to properly assess the visual function of very young patients.

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Tariq Aslam

Tariq Aslam is a Reader at the University of Manchester and a consultant ophthalmologist at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. He is the Director of the Manchester Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science MSc course, Director of the Manchester undergraduate Ocular Disease course, Editor of Eye News and Ophthalmology and Therapy and Associate Editor of Acta Ophthalmologica.

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