ORLANDO, Fla. —Portable
screening devices allow pediatricians to successfully screen children for
vision problems, including amblyopia, according to an abstract presented Oct.
25 at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and
Exhibition in Orlando.
Approximately 15 percent of
children ages 3 to 5 have vision problems that can threaten normal visual
development. In “Practical Validation of Plusoptix, iScreen, SPOT and
iCheckKids* Photoscreeners in Young and Developmentally Delayed Pediatric
Patients,” researchers tested the effectiveness of four state-of-the-art
portable vision screening devices in 108 pediatric patients in Alaska.
The children were ages 6
months to 10 years. Each received a comprehensive exam, followed by screening
with each of the four vision screening devices, including the iCheckKids device
which attaches to a smartphone.
All four devices performed
well, according to the study authors. The devices’ sensitivity/specificity
ratings were comparable: iScreen had a 75 percent/88 percent
sensitivity/specificity reading; SPOT, 80 percent/85 percent; Plusoptix, 83
percent/88 percent; and the iCheckKids, 81 percent/91 percent. The outcomes were similar for preschool-age
children and developmentally delayed children.
exquisitely capable of detecting the most common, and the most treatable
amblyopia risk factor, such as insufficiently accommodated hyperopia or
farsightedness,” said lead author Robert Arnold, MD. “A simple snap of your
camera shutter will save a child’s sight for life.”
These new devices, combined
with the AAP’s updated vision screening guidelines and a reimbursement code
(99174) for these services, “promise to improve early screening for amblyopia,”
Dr. Arnold said.
*ICheckKids will be called
GoCheckKids in the future.
Editor’s Note: Several of these apps are the subject
of other abstracts presented at the AAP meeting. These abstracts include: “Photoscreening for Refractive Error and
Strabismus with a Smartphone App,” (https://aap.confex.com/aap/2013/webprogrampress/Paper20979.html)
and “The Need to Modernize Vision-Screening Practices in Schools” (https://aap.confex.com/aap/2013/webprogrampress/Paper21752.html).
For information on contacting the authors, contact the AAP Department of Public
To view the abstract,
“Practical Validation of Plusoptix, Iscreen, SPOT and ICheckKids Photoscreeners
in Young and Developmentally Delayed Pediatric Patients,”
go to https://aap.confex.com/aap/2013/webprogrampress/Paper20691.html
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