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Invitation to take part in research

We would like you to take part in an online research project as you play Eyelander. You will need to have internet access to take part. Before you decide whether you want to take part, it is important for you to read the following information about the research project carefully and discuss it with others if you want to.

However, if you are under 18 years of age you will need permission from your parent or legal guardian to take part in research. If you decide to take part in research your parent or legal guardian will need to complete your registration details using the Parental registration form and you will not need to complete this registration form yourself.

Project Background

Visual field loss is a condition that can be caused by problems in areas of the brain that process vision. This partial loss of vision can result in serious difficulties with some activities of daily life, such as searching for something in a crowded drawer or at a supermarket. The aim of this research is to provide children and young people who have visual field loss access to an online video game called Eyelander that has been designed to help improve functional vision. The game improves functional vision by training eye movements and attention to compensate for the visual field loss, and does not cause the visual field loss itself to change. If you choose to take part, you will be asked to play Eyelander online from your home computer. You can control how often you will play Eyelander and how long for. We will also ask you to fill in an online questionnaire about how you manage activities of daily life, such as going shopping.

About the game

As you play Eyelander you will need to search for a target shape amongst other distracting shapes to complete each level. We recommend you try to find each target as quickly as possible. It is extremely unlikely that training with Eyelander will do you any harm, but if you find it uncomfortable in any way you should stop. We do recommend that you sit at least 60cm from the screen in a well-lit room and that you do not play if you are drowsy or tired. If you or any of your relatives have a history of seizures or epilepsy, you should consult a doctor before playing.

Your participation and data protection

If you are under 18 years of age you will need permission from your parent or legal guardian to take part in research. If you decide to take part in research your parent or legal guardian will need to complete your registration details using the Parental registration form and you will not need to complete this registration form yourself.

It is your choice whether or not you decide to take part in this research. You should only choose to take part if you want to, and choosing not to take part will not disadvantage you at all. If you choose to take part you will be free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason. When we have enough data we will publish the results in a scientific journal and we will email you a link to the published article so you can see this. All data will be collected and stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. If you have chosen to take part you will need to check the tick-boxes in the consent form:

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