Vijay Taylor

Nystagmus does cause visual crowding – it’s official

It’s long been understood that people with nystagmus can struggle to pick out objects from an image or face in a crowd. That’s a phenomenon called visual crowding. But how does nystagmus cause this?

Now Vijay, Taylor, nystagmus researcher at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital and University College London has shown that the eye movements associated with nystagmus are responsible.

Eye movements elevate crowding in congenital idiopathic nystagmus

Mr Taylor has been undertaking a PhD in visual crowding and idiopathic nystagmus and this month his findings were preliminarily published. He says: “I hope through my findings and investigation of nystagmus eye movements we can develop tools to improve access to education and daily tasks.”

For Vijay having his work published is ‘super exciting’.

The Nystagmus Network helped recruit research participants for the study. Thank you to everyone who took part and well done, Vijay! We’re super excited, too!

Read the publication online here

New research project on visual crowding in CIN

A new research project is being undertaken at Moorfields Eye Hospital and University College London. The aim of the study is to understand better the visual abilities of people with congenital nystagmus, with a particular focus on visual crowding, a phenomenon which occurs when an object that is visible in isolation becomes impossible to recognise when surrounded by other objects.
The Nystagmus Network is supporting Mr Vijay Tailor, Paediatric Clinical Trials Research Orthoptist and Clinical PhD Training Fellow, to recruit suitable participants.
Subjects should have a formal diagnosis of Congenital Idiopathic Nystagmus and be aged 18 to 50.
People who also have albinism or strabismus amblyopia (‘squint’ or ‘lazy eye’) are not suited to this particular study.
If you have short or long sight, this is not a problem provided you wear prescription glasses or contact lenses to correct this.
If you would like to find out more about the research project and apply to take part then please complete and submit the form below. By completing the form you are giving us permission to pass on your details to the relevant research team.
Thank you.