The iSee screening research program is a pilot research-based project through Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ontario. Information gathered will be used to provide data for research purposes. Our research aims to examine photoscreening as a useful and rapid tool in identifying children with eye conditions that can cause Amblyopia. The iSee research program is hoping to recruit 5,000 children in the age group 18 months to 5 years from London and surrounding communities to conduct research on the effectiveness of photoscreening
There is no direct compensation for participating; however, contribution to the research will go a long way to provide data to influence policy on vision screening as a mandate in Ontario.
For research purposes, the following will be requested of parents/guardians whose children are referred to an optometrist:
- Completion of two questionnaires - paper questionnaire soon after screening, phone questionnaire three months after screening.
- Two phone questionnaires from the study center after the screening - two weeks and three months after screening.
- Sharing of the diagnosis and treatment outcomes of the optometrist's examination with the study center.
For children referred by an optometrist to a specialist (ophthalmologist), a third questionnaire and phone call will be requested.
An ID number will be used for children participating in research, instead of their names or other information that can identify them directly to ensure confidentiality and privacy. Any data collected for study purposes that could potentially identify a child, will be stored in a highly secure manner and never be released or disclosed in a form that could identify you. The study data will be electronically (by means of a computer) or manually analysed together with other participant’s data to report the results.
Participation in this study is voluntary. You can withdraw from the study at any point. There will not be a penalty or loss of benefits to which you or your child are otherwise entitled if you do. The decision to stop will not affect your child’s legal rights.