By Jean-Christophe (JC) Firer, Plusoptix CEO
Learning depends on good vision.
As children get ready to head back to school, we reflect on the importance of vision for learning. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper released a proclamation recognizing the prevalence of undiagnosed and untreated vision disorders. He states that as many as one in four school-age children has vision problems. Vision problems are the most common disorders among children. Coloradoans are reminded to recognize the importance of education in children’s lives. “Parents are encouraged to have their children evaluated for vision problems to maximize their potential in the classroom,” Gov. Hickenlooper said.
The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus recommends photoscreening for children 1 to 5. Ten states currently have no preschool or school-age vision screening requirements. Only 17 states include preschoolers.
Amblyopia undetected and untreated is the largest cause of preventable vision loss in children. Instrument-based vision screening can detect ocular abnormalities. Children can then have a complete examination and be treated. The Plusoptix Vision Screener uses a scientifically validated measurement algorithm. This means only children who need to see a doctor are identified. Refractive readings are highly accurate and reliable. There are numerous peer-reviewed publications to show this.
Plusoptix Vision Screener record the full refraction, pupillary diameter and distance, and symmetry of corneal reflexes. These values allow detection of the most prevalent childhood vision disorders that can cause amblyopia. These include hyperopia, myopia, astigmatism, anisometropia, anisocoria, strabismus, and media opacities. The user sets the device’s referral criteria. The Plusoptix Vision Screener displays a pass or refer vision screening result.
With the child-friendly Plusoptix Vision Screener it is possible to detect vision disorders in less than one second, starting at the age of 5 months.
WHY PLUSOPTIX VISION SCREENER
Plusoptix is a pioneer in developing and manufacturing many measurement instruments based on photorefraction technology. Today’s devices are already in their fifth generation. The Plusoptix Vision Screener features an award-winning child-friendly design with a unique smiley face to engage children. Because it is fast to perform and easy to use, it is an excellent fit for screening programs and primary care.
Plusoptix Vision Screener are eligible for CPT code reimbursement and meet the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus guidelines. They also interface with electronic medical records. Devices feature a hassle-free warranty and come with enduring free software updates.
Identifying and treating vision disorders early can ensure children have every opportunity to reach their intellectual potential. We welcome other governors following Mr. Hickenlooper’s lead in spreading awareness!
The economic costs of children’s vision disorders amount to $10 billion yearly in the United States. This estimate includes the costs of medical care, vision aids and devices, caregivers, special education, vision screening programs, federal assistance programs, and quality of life losses. Families shoulder 45% of these costs.
Source: Prevent Blindness
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