Amblyopia 101: A Brief History
A brief history of amblyopia: defining it, detecting it & treating it Have you ever wondered when amblyopia was first identified? Or when vision screening began? I have. I’m not a historian, but the topic interests me, and I wanted to learn more to help put the work we’re doing today in context.
An easy way to detect pediatric vision problems early
Being able to screen children who are not yet able to use an eye chart is crucial in identifying problems early and starting treatment that, if not initiated, could result in permanent vision loss. -- Lisa M. Pepka , MD, pediatrician, Phoenix Children’s Pediatrics
Photoscreening is a simple and essential tool for pediatricians
Vision loss and vision deficits are one of the most common ailments in childhood, and oftentimes there are no symptoms, and screening is the best way to detect these problems. -- Michael Endris, MD , pediatrician, OSF Healthcare
Technology can’t ignore pediatric workflows & patient interactions
How can we improve child health through quality improvement and innovation when pediatrics is the smallest budget line item and the lowest priority? I left a thriving community practice in Silicon Valley after 12 years to answer this question. Game-changing health technology is being funded at record valuations, and just a small percentage of it is designed for children. As an enthusiastic early adopter, I have seen the transformative power of technology and the data it can harness for health improvement. Technology can enable thinly stretched pediatric practices to deliver higher quality care to more children for less money. But only if these tools provide data that is meaningful, timely, accessible, and actionable.
GoCheck Raises $10 Million in New Funding to Protect More Children from Vision Impairment and Blindness
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NASHVILLE, TN (October 19, 2021) – GoCheck, creator of GoCheck Kids, the leading digital vision screening platform, announced today an investment round of $10 million to grow its team, platform, and customer partnerships.
What is Amblyopia and why should every pediatrician screen for vision impairment?
Amblyopia is the medical term for decreased vision in one or both eyes due to abnormal vision development in the brain. With amblyopia, there is a disconnect between the brain and a child’s eye. Over time, the brain relies on only one eye to see, causing long-term vision problems in children.
Webinar Recap: Back to School Well Checks – Why Vision Should Be Top of Mind
Missed the June GoCheck Kids webinar? Don’t sweat it. Watch the recording where recently retired Early Intervention Nurse, Mary Beth Fitzgerald discussed the importance of vision screening. This informative webinar covered:
Oh Say, Can Your Patients See? By Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Pamela Gallin, FACS
Vision loss is a silent disease. Often in children, the loss is asymmetrical; one eye sees a lot better than the other one. This childhood loss accounts for 2%-5% of the adult population. It is estimated that about 20% of all school-age kids have difficulty seeing.
Tips to Reduce Screen Time During the Coronavirus Pandemic
As the Coronavirus began to sweep the globe, entire communities were forced inside. Office cubicles moved to make-shift desks in the bedroom; schools moved to kitchen tables; and physician practices moved online. With these moves and lifestyle shifts that were meant to protect ourselves from the virus came other risks. Risks that included increased screen time.
Webinar Recap: Transitioning Pediatric Vision Care to Telemedicine
Missed last week’s webinar? Don’t sweat it. Watch the recording where a few of the nation’s leading pediatric ophthalmologists came together to help pediatricians transition vision-related care to telemedicine during and beyond the pandemic. On May 7th, 2020, Drs. Deborah Alcorn, Stanford Children’s; Kim Cooper, Cooper Family Eye Care; Pamela Gallin, New York-Presbyterian; and David Silbert, Conestoga Eye discussed vision assessment and triage best practices for pediatric care teams. This informative webinar covered: