Friday, April 17, 2009

Screening for Amblyopia in Infants

My daughter's amblyopia was only recently uncovered because she failed a vision screening at school. Previously, she'd passed routine screens at her well visits and we had no indication that she was only seeing with one eye. I received an email about the Enfant Pediatric Vision test which can screen for amblyopia in babies as young as 6 months old. Of course, looking back I wish we'd had this done. But, if this can help any other babies vision in the future - I'm sharing it!

Great stuff:

Many pediatricians’ offices across the country are now offering the Enfant Pediatric VEP Vision Testing System as part of their preventative healthcare arsenal.

The Enfant:
  • Is a high-tech, clinically proven vision test now available in many pediatricians’ offices.
  • Is a non-invasive, child-friendly medical device that tests for visual deficits in even pre-verbal children as young as six months of age.
  • Uses technology called Visual Evoked Potential (VEP), which evaluates the child’s response to an external stimulus to test what the brain is seeing. Through VEP, the Enfant is able to identify vision deficits that a physician might not otherwise detect during more conventional, subjective eye exams.

  • The first and only pediatric vision test of its kind, the Enfant delivers 97 percent sensitivity in detecting visual deficits.
  • The test can be easily incorporated into a child’s routine pediatrician “well” visit and can be completed in five to seven minutes.

  • Features animated characters and graphics accompanied by music.
  • In most cases, the test is reimbursable by insurance.

For more info and to view a demo video:

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