Next week, SOCPA will begin using a new technology in vision screening called GoCheck Kids photoscreening. Photoscreening uses a photo of your child’s eyes to screen for vision problems, and is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and AAPOS (American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus).
The GoCheck Kids photoscreening app is designed to screen babies and children from 6 months to 6 years for risks of amblyopia, often called “lazy eye.” Amblopia is the number one cause of permanent vision loss, and studies show that 15-20% of children are at risk. We want to detect problems as early as possible because the earlier treatment is given, the better it works to prevent permanent vision loss.
One of the great things about doing photoscreening on a smartphone is that it’s not scary for young children. Kids are used to having their picture taken with a phone, so when your child is due for a photoscreening we will be able to take their picture quickly and easily. The app even makes some fun animal sounds to catch their attention! After the screening, we will immediately be able to determine if your child should see an eye specialist, or if they can simply be screened again the following year.
We’re excited to offer this new service to our patients. If you’d like to learn more about GoCheck Kids you can visit their website at www.gocheckkids.com.