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.
AAP Vision Screening Guidelines Prevent Permanent Vision Loss
In January 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released the “Visual System Assessment in Infants, Children, and Young Adults by Pediatricians”. 1 This comprehensive clinical report is an updated vision screening policy statement for pediatricians. It was co-authored by the AAP and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) among others.
What Is Ocular Photoscreening And Why Are Pediatricians Adopting?
Photoscreening is a pediatric vision screening technique wherein a camera and flash are used to determine refractive errors and identify risk factors for amblyopia. 1 A photoscreener detects amblyopic risk factors such as hyperopia, myopia, and anisometropia and estimates their severity.
How Did Pediatric Associates Meet AAP’s Vision Screening Policy?
Dr. Natasha Burgert is a pediatrician at Pediatric Associates’ (PA) Kansas City office. PA has 17 providers across their 2 locations. She is a national spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and enjoys educating families on Twitter.