Hello! I am Nikolay (Nick) Nichiporuk and am a Research Assistant with Dr. Arvind Chandna. My primary responsibilities include using behavioral (visual acuity tests) and neural (EEG, SSVEP) methods to study children and adults with cerebral visual impairment, amblyopia, and strabismus. My big goal is to use research findings to inform treatment options for children, so their (and their parents!) quality of life can be improved.
Background Amblyopia means blunted sight in the Greek language and is a term clinicians use to describe decreased vision usually in one eye most commonly due to a focusing error (refractive error in one eye, very different from other eye - anisometropia) and/or a misalignment between the two eyes (strabismus or squint). Amblyopia is sometimes called “lazy eye”. This is different than being just near or far sighted which is a refractive error usually similar and in both eyes developing at any age and vision improves instantly on prescribing and wearing spectacles to correct the error.