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EYE-SPY - Examining Young Eyes for Signs of Prematurity Study

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A follow-up study investigating the visual development of young children who were born very preterm and are now 8-10 years of age

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)

What is the study about?

Children born very preterm are at risk of developing Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), which is an eye condition affecting the growth of blood vessels in the retina at the back of the eye. Preterm babies are monitored closely for ROP and are treated if needed. Although treatment for ROP is effective in most cases, the long term effects of ROP and its treatment on vision is still not fully understood.

In order to have a thorough understanding of visual development, in preterm children, we need to find out what is the normal development for children who are 8-10 years old and born at full term.

Myra Leung assessing a child's vision

What does the study involve?

The study involves a comprehensive eye test and growth assessment at the University of Auckland Grafton Campus by a NZ registered optometrist.

The entire assessment takes approximately 3 hours.

Assessments are available Monday to Saturday, and school holidays. Travel costs will be reimbursed.


Ethical approval

The study has been reviewed and approved by the Northern A Health and Disability Ethics Committee; ref 14/NTA/66/AM05.


Contact us

If you are interested for your child to participate or want to know more about the PIANO study, please contact

Myra Leung on: (09) 923 5572 or