How the Infant Vision Lab’s work has changed how we think about children’s focusing  – and how this  is being recognised worldwide.

Small Research Question to World Leaders

The Lab’s work was chosen as an Impact Case Study for the 2014 and 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) to showcase how research from Reading changes real world practice

From our first study – looking at how the link between accommodation and convergence developed – this led onto many more questions and research which led to the development of an alternative model of how children’s eyes are controlled. The alternative view is one of the few recent theoretical developments in our field and is being recognised by ophthalmologists, orthoptists and vision scientists worldwide. We are now world leaders in our little patch of science and our work is now taught widely to trainees.

Anna Horwood has been awarded many prizes and keynote lectures for the work and has lectured in over 36 different countries. She has contributed to books, online resources and teaching worldwide. The research led to her being appointed Research Director of the British & Irish Orthoptic Society from 2014 to 2021 and Secretary of the British & Irish Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Association from 2014 to 2022

Recognition Highlights

Most of these have come to Anna Horwood, but the whole team deserve the recognition we have had.

International Strabismological Association Bielschowsky Lecturer 2018, Washington DC

International Orthoptic Association Burian Lecturer 2016, Rotterdam

British & Irish Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Association Trimble Lecturer 2014

Keynote lectures to the German Bielschowsky Society 2018, the Australian and New Zealand Strabismus Association 2013, American Association of Certified Orthoptists 2009, Norwegian Optometric Association 2009 as well as invited lectures in many other countries.

International Orthoptic Association Research Award 2008

Appointed Honorary Fellow of the British Orthoptic Society 2015