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Amblyopia and Strabismus Study

Descartes’ theory of vision diagram

Descartes’ 1644 Principles of Philosophy diagram illustrating his theory of vision.

Amblyopia and Strabismus Study

Our researchers are currently studying visual development in adults and children with amblyopia (sometimes referred to as "lazy-eye") or strabismus (misaligned eyes).

We have known for a long time that amblyopia affects the quality of visual perception.  We are now trying to find out precisely which parts of the brain are affected by amblyopia because this will help us understand how the perceptual changes come about.  The ultimate goal is, of course, to provide new insights into how amblyopia should be treated.  We make the measurements using an MRI scanner and a new analysis method that can give us quantitative information about changes in brain structure in different parts of the brain.

The study is very easy to do, as it only involves lying comfortably in the MRI scanner for about 1 hour while you watch a movie or take a nap. The study takes place in Jordan Hall, centrally located on the Stanford University campus. We provide free parking and a compensation of $20 for each hour of your time (travel included) - usually the study requires only one visit.

We are currently looking for:      (2/26/14) Adults diagnosed with Amblyopia.

To participate, or for more information, please call (650) 736-2793 or send an email at