Principal Investigator: Professor Tunde Peto
Name of the Study: NaviSight: The Role of the Peripheral Retina: From Basic Science to Town Planning
Why is this Study important? It is predicted that by 2050, 4.1 million people will be affected by sight loss in the UK. People with sight loss can face many daily challenges, including but not limited to navigating the built environment. The ability to move around towns and cities is essential for many reasons including social interaction, basic necessity and mental health.
What is the Research question/aim? The NaviSight Study aims to investigate the extent of the participant’s visual loss and function through imaging. In addition, the study aims toassess whether vision loss and function affect independent mobility and navigation of the built environment. . In turn, by investigating these potential barriers and effects of sight loss, small changes could be suggested to improve the built environment.
What the Study involves: Participants will be asked to complete a short walk around of the university area- this walk will allow us to determine what the potential true problems are with navigating the built environment. Participants will then be asked to attend NICRF for some imaging and other tests on your eyes. The walkaround will take approximately 40 minutes and the NICRF visit between 1-1.5 hours.
PPI Involvement: People from the visually impaired community were actively involved in deciding the research questions and study design.
Who can take part in the Study?
Anyone over the age of 18, with a diagnosis of diabetes or retinitis Pigmentosa.
Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast