Investigating Reading Readiness in Preschool Children with Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
Previously at the Retina Foundation, we have proven that children with lazy eye read 25% slower than their peers. This may put them at a disadvantage during timed standardized testing. Now, we are investigating WHY children with lazy eye are slow at reading. We are unsure whether the problem begins earlier in life when children are learning early literacy skills required for the development of reading.
We are testing early literacy skills in preschool children using the Test of Preschool Early Literacy (TOPEL). There are three subtests: (1) Print Knowledge, (2) Definitional Vocabulary, and (3) Phonological Awareness. Using the TOPEL, we can identify preschoolers who are at risk for literacy problems and determine whether children with lazy eye are more at risk for reading issues before reading skills develop.
Findings from our assessments will aide in determining the causes of slow reading in children with lazy eye. Our research may inform and ignite interventions to help children with lazy eye succeed in school. Stay tuned as we continue with our study!