The Basics

Why Use GoCheck Kids?

Pediatricians use GoCheck Kids to detect vision problems that can cause blindness and impair learning because it:

  • Is the only comprehensive vision screening app (mobile photoscreening and digital visual acuity)
  • Meets professional screening recommendations throughout childhood 1-5
  • Has been clinically validated and proven in practice (hundreds of thousands of screenings by thousands of pediatricians)
  • Is easy to use – it’s on a smartphone
  • Costs nothing up front, has low monthly subscription
  • Is eligible for reimbursement using CPT® codes 99174, 99177
  • Communicates with electronic health records (EHR)
  • Provides HIPAA compliance, privacy and security
How can I get GoCheck Kids?

Signup for a 30-day risk-free trial today!

What is included?

GoCheck Kids includes the following features:

  • Photoscreening Test
  • Digital VA Test
  • Dedicated device(s) for your practice (we supply the phones)
  • Integrated patient info
  • Secure, cloud-based, HIPAA compliant online results portal
  • EHR workflow communication
  • Third-party reimbursement support
  • Training
How much does GoCheck Kids cost?

GoCheck Kids is available for zero up-front costs and a nominal monthly subscription fee that includes both photoscreening and digital VA. Contact us today to get a risk-free trial.

What type of smartphone is required?

Currently, the GoCheck Kids app works with a Nokia 3020 phone. These phones (devices) are included with the monthly subscription.

We will soon be compatable with iphone 7 and 7+. More on that coming up.

What ages can be screened using GoCheck Kids?

GoCheck Kids can be used throughout childhood. Photoscreening is recommended by the AAP for children ages 12 months to 5 years, and digital visual acuity is recommended for use in children aged 4 and over1.

What reporting is available for GoCheck Kids?

GoCheck Kids suite provides username and password protected reporting on both the phone and the GoCheck Kids Web portal. All reports can be viewed on the phone, and reports can be viewed, printed, and exported for use with the patient’s EHR using the Web portal. Screening reports are automatically saved so you can compare outcomes over time.

Does reporting with GoCheck Kids communicate with an EHR system?

Yes. A patient’s results can be exported and saved to the patient’s EHR. Contact us to get more information.


Does GoCheck Kids have a HIPAA Compliance Statement?

Yes. See our Legal / Privacy information.


Is there a need for early photoscreening?


  • 15%-20% of children are at risk for amblyopia6
  • Only 22% of preschool aged children are screened7
  • Amblyopia treatment efficacy declines starting at age 56
Why should I photoscreen?

Photoscreening offers a practical, objective way to do early vision screening in young children. Other types of vision screenings, including wall charts, require a behavioral response and can be difficult to administer for children who are pre-verbal, pre-literate, developmentally delayed, or for some other reason noncompliant. Further, photoscreening is recommended for children aged 12 months to 5 years by the AAP1, and for children as young as 6 months of age by the2:

  • American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS)3
  • United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)4
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)2
Why should I photoscreen with GoCheck Kids?

Photoscreening with GoCheck Kids helps healthcare providers detect vision problems that can cause amblyopia (anisometropia, myopia, and hyperopia), as well as associated learning impairment. It can be used in children as young as 6 months of age, allowing for early and effective treatment that can help prevent permanent vision loss1,3-5Treatment efficacy declines starting at age 56. Further, GoCheck Kids:

  • Uses a single photo to detects risk factors in real time
  • Provides immediate results
  • Meets professional recommendations for photoscreening1-5
  • Has been clinically validated
  • Is easy to use – it’s on a smarpthone
  • Has sensitivity and specificity similar to high-cost screeners
  • Is optimized for high specificity, minimizing over-referrals
  • Can be reimbursed using CPT® codes 99174 and 99177
How does photoscreening with GoCheck Kids work?

Using a smartphone’s camera and flash, GoCheck Kids Photoscreening detects and analyzes a child’s retinal “red” reflex to help determine amblyopia risk factors, including anisometropia, myopia, and hyperopia. An image of the child’s eyes is taken and then the software analyzes the image and provides an immediate result.

What is required to set up GoCheck Kids Photoscreening?

There are only a few requirements for setting up photoscreening with GoCheck Kids. Minimal training time is required due to its ease-of-use, and only minor adjustments must be made to the photoscreening environment to ensure proper image resolution and detail. Specifically, the ambient lighting must be dim enough to encourage enlarged pupils (≥4.5 mm) and testing must be done at 40”. A wireless Internet connection is also required. Several support materials are available from GoCheck Kids to help make the integration process as seamless as possible.

Is the cost of photoscreening with GoCheck Kids reimbursable?

Yes, depending on the policies of each insurance company. Because GoCheck Kids is an instrument-based photoscreening device it is eligible for reimbursement under CPT 99174 and 99177. However, not all insurance companies reimburse for this billing code. Subscribers will be provided with third-party reimbursement support.

How can I get GoCheck Kids Photoscreening for my practice?

All you have to do is reach out!

Digital Visual Acuity (VA)

What is GoCheck Kids Digital Visual Acuity?

GoCheck Kids Digital Visual Acuity (VA) is a “gameified” version of a traditional wall chart screening that’s done on a smartphone. It is not only engaging for kids, but also more efficient for practices (compared to traditional wall charts)7. Watch a short video demonstration of GoCheck Kids Digital VA to learn more.

Why should I use GoCheck Kids Digital Visual Acuity?
  • Meets the AAP’s VA testing recommendations for children aged 4 and over1
  • Saves time compared to wall charts7
  • Eliminates tester bias
  • Makes it possible to screen patients from just about anywhere, with 5’ testing distance
How does GoCheck Kids Digital Visual Acuity work?

GoCheck Kids Digital VA works by using the accelerometer built into the phone to sense the user’s motion. A line of either HOTV or RKZS letters are presented, depending on the child’s age. The child indicates which direction the bottom letter needs to move in order to align with the letter in the top line. The phone is tilted from side to side to move the bottom letter.  Once aligned, the child gives the “thumbs up.” The user then tilts the phone down toward the child to accept. Testing results are provided immediately, and are based on the child’s matching accuracy. Watch a short video demonstration of GoCheck Kids Digital VA to learn more.

What testing options are available with GoCheck Kids Digital Visual Acuity?

The full-featured GoCheck Kids app gives subscribers the ability to select one of two types of digital VA testing methods: threshold or critical line. With threshold VA, the child reads multiple lines of optotypes; with critical line VA, the child reads one line of age-appropriate optotypes. Learn more about these options on our blog.

What is the difference between threshold VA and critical line VA?

Threshold VA and critical line VA are both efficient and effective methods for vision screening. Both methods are also clinically validated. Critical line VA is about 50% faster than threshold, as children are only required to read a single line. However, threshold VA provides more specific results reporting. For both types of VA, GoCheck Kids provides immediate results, so children who are found to have risk factors can be referred right away for a complete eye exam. Learn more here.

Do I need to purchase GoCheck Kids Digital Visual Acuity separately?

No. Digital VA is included in the subscription.

What ages can be screened with GoCheck Kids Digital Visual Acuity?

Digital VA is ideal for use in children aged 4 and over, based on AAP vision screening recommendations1.

How can I get GoCheck Kids Digital Visual Acuity for my practice?

Signup for a risk free trial.