Findings of Study on Photoscreening Presented at AAPOS Revealing the Clinical Efficacy and Efficiency of Mobile Smartphone Vision Screening for Preschoolers

Source: Gobiquity Mobile Health

On Saturday, March 28, a new study will be presented at AAPOS entitled: "Efficacy of a Mobile SmartPhone Vision-Screening Device with Automated Image-Processing Analysis in the Evaluation of Amblyopia Risk Factors in Preschool Children." In the presentation, Dr. Robert Arnold, co-author of the study with Dr. David I. Silbert, will discuss automated instrument based photoscreeners, designed to identify preschool children with amblyopia risk factors (ARFs).  Photorefraction devices are meant to improve the detection and decrease the time required to perform testing compared with traditional eye charts. This is an analysis of a prospective study to introduce and assess a mobile smartphone with automated image-processing analysis for a vision-screening device.  

In addition, a new poster, prepared by Dr. Silbert, will be introduced entitled: "Do We Need to Directly Detect Astigmatism When Photoscreening for ARFs?" The poster illustrates the costs of smartphone platforms, which make them highly desirable for use as vision-screening devices. The hypothesis is that the vast majority of astigmatic eyes could be detected with a single flash and only one photograph, simplifying image acquisition greatly.

The studies and presentations were developed collaboratively with Gobiquity Mobile Health, the designers and developers of GoCheck Kids, the world’s first and only pediatric photoscreening application for smartphones, a cloud-based HIPAA compliant platformused to screen a child’s eyes for risk factors that could lead to vision loss. GoCheck Kids is available to health care professionals, designed to facilitate the early detection of amblyopia risk factors for children aged 6 months to 6 years.

To use GoCheck Kids, a pediatrician simply takes a single photograph of the patient’s eyes, and the proprietary screening technology automatically detects amblyopia risk factors in seconds. The pediatrician can then determine whether to refer the patient to an eye care specialist for further testing and treatment. By putting photoscreening at physicians’ fingertips, GoCheck Kids empowers them to identify at-risk children earlier, and ultimately prevent permanent vision loss (www.gocheckkids.com).

To learn more about GoCheck Kids, AAPOS attendees can go to Booth #T37.


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