About the study
Myopia, or near-sightedness, is a condition that emerges during childhood and continues to progress throughout adolescence.
This study will be conducted remotely avoiding in-person meetings. The purpose of this study is to gain insights into vision related questionnaires, based on the responses from, and understanding of these questionnaires by, myopic children. These vision related questionnaires are specifically designed and adapted to evaluate the quality of vision and visual abilities in children. We want to hear from your child if there are any difficult questions, words or concept in these questionnaires and if they think we should be asking additional questions.
If eligible at the Screening visit, your child will be asked to attend one online focus group interview (small group discussion) with a moderator experienced in conducting interviews with children The interviews will be video-recorded and will take place during early evening or weekends. We will work with you to schedule a convenient time. These video-recordings will be encrypted and stored by the study sponsor for 5 years.
Total time commitment is less than 4 hours.
- Screening – Up to 1 hour: You and your child will attend a TEAMS video conferencing meeting with a researcher from CORE which will not be recorded. During this meeting we will explain the study and answer your questions. We will ask you both to sign the consent documents that we will mail to you ahead of time and also request your consent to request vision related information from your child’s optometrist.
- Home tasks – Up To 1 hour: We will mail you paper questionnaires for your child to review and make notes on regarding any difficult questions or unclear words. We will also ask your child to complete the questionnaires online. You may help them with these tasks.
- Focus group interview – Up To 1.5 hours: You will assist your child to access the ZOOM video conferencing platform where they and up to 3 other similar aged children will discuss the questions with a moderator. Your child should have the paper questionnaires and notes to look at during this interview.
What are the requirements?
- Age 8 to 12 years, inclusive
- Myopic with good vision; prescription between -0.75 and -4.00 D
- Astigmatism must be less than or equal to 0.75D
- Be in good health
- Have access to a device for video conferencing
Your child will receive $80 for completing the CLAM study.
How to participate
If you and your child are interested in participating, please create a volunteer profile for your child at the link below and we will contact you with more information. If you are already a registered CORE volunteer, please email email@example.com and mention the study name CLAM. You will be provided with all relevant study information prior to study enrollment and you are under no obligation to participate.
All studies conducted at CORE have been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Board.
Safety during COVID-19
We want to let you know that we have revised several of our protocols to keep participants and researchers safe during the pandemic, including enhanced cleaning and mandatory wearing of masks by everyone. Measures we have taken to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 are explained in an “Information Letter: COVID-19 Risks for In-Person Research Study Visits” which we will ask you to sign in the event you participate.
Please note that you will be within 2m (6 feet) of the researcher during some or most of the study visit time. At all times, the furthest possible distance will be maintained.
Please note, if you are aged 60 and above, you are considered at a greater risk for severe illness from the COVID-19 virus.