One of the top three causes of lifelong visual impairment adults is amblyopia. This condition is also known as lazy eye, referencing to the failure of one eye to develop and perform as normal. Amblyopia manifests in early childhood; if detected early, it can be successfully treated especially if addressed before the child reaches the age of 4.
While early childhood visual screening is nothing new, medical professionals still face some challenges in properly conducting the screening process for children. Vigilant vision surveillance entails regular (and not just one-off) health checks and follow-ups which can be hard to manage for many families and communities. This can now be done more consistently through the revolutionary technology of the Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener, as it makes early visual assessment screening more accessible to more children today.
A precise, efficient and expert-validated screening device is a main requirement for successful early detection of amblyopia risk factors, particularly strabismus (misaligned eye) and defocus (blurred vision). But successful detection requires getting the desired screening accuracy, which can be a challenge when dealing with infants and small children. Eye specialists and general practitioners using the Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener will be able to conduct screenings more effectively and manage the following challenges of carrying out vision screening during early childhood.
Making screening fast and easy
With the Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener, screening is done with just one touch and is completed within seconds. The rate of capture success is 97 percent, making it compatible to use for “difficult” patients such as small children who may have short attention spans and are still unable to communicate well verbally. The entire screening process can be done with minimal cooperation from the patient, and even uses some lights and sounds to help engage the attention of babies as young as 6 months.
Implementing a thorough and fuss-free process
This vision screener is easy to use and offers fuss-free operation with minimal user training, thanks to the use of touchscreen display and point-and-shoot technology. It’s also powerful enough to use for multiple or group screenings. Ease of use and sufficient power make it a good choice for schools and health agencies because in most states in Australia, vision screening is a must before school entry.
Ensuring accurate data management
Proper management of data is essential for the efficient coordination between parents and health professionals. The Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener can export data through Wi-Fi, wireless printing and USB storage. The automated process means information is captured thoroughly and objectively, reducing the risk of oversights and inaccuracies.
Upholding consistent, quality care
After each screening, patients will receive a one-page summary report. This report will provide valuable information and insights that will serve as useful reference for parents as well as succeeding eye care specialists and other medical professionals to recommend the next steps to take and provide the type of follow-up care that each child needs.
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