By the time your child is old enough to read a vision chart, certain disorders like amblyopia have already caused permanent blindness.
Our clinic has instituted photoscreening to protect our patients from this once yearly under 5 years of age.
Photoscreening is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Insurance coverage varies by carrier. Without this screening, these disorders are easy to miss and with your child’s vision on the line, we highly recommend your child get this screening.
Vision disorders are the #1 disabling condition among children
18 million kids in the United States under age 6 are at risk for permanent vision loss and vision-related setbacks
From a national economic perspective, lifetime disability payments alone are over $19,000 for each person with undetected amblyopia (the leading cause of childhood blindness)
Effective screening cuts the national economic toll of amblyopia in half
“A major leap in detecting children’s eye health and preventing early damage is called ocular photoscreening. It lets pediatricians use an iPhone loaded with software to identify vision abnormalities after the camera’s flash is reflected back from a child’s retina.”
“They don’t replace pediatric ophthalmology, and they don’t diagnose disease, but it’s a piece of the puzzle,” says Barry Wasserman, a pediatric eye surgeon at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, who calls GoCheck a welcome addition to his field. It’s so sensitive, it’s not going to miss too much.”