A Parent’s Story
“My 7-year-old son…had his eyes tested in kindergarten and first grade. He passed both tests with normal vision. He was at the same time having problems with focusing and paying attention, and was diagnosed with ADD without hyperactivity. He was put on a medication for this disorder called Adderall. After his vision was checked with the iScreen machine, it was determined that he was farsighted. He was then taken to an optometrist who diagnosed him as being extremely farsighted and prescribed glasses for hyperopia. Once he started wearing the glasses, his attention problem became better, his penmanship improved, and the likelihood of his staying on Adderall decreased. If the iScreen system had not picked up this problem, there is no telling how long my son would have been on this drug and be stigmatized with having ADD. Thank you for the iScreen system; it has really made a difference in my family.”
– J. R., Memphis TN
A photo that changes lives
iScreen Vision Photoscreening Technology – What is it?
Up to 5% of children have vision abnormalities that can result in permanent vision loss…
To your child, iScreen Vision photoscreening technology appears as simple as a digital camera – yet in seconds, iScreen Vision captures images that allow your pediatrician to accurately screen for potentially serious vision abnormalities. Up to 5 percent of young children have vision abnormalities that can result in permanent vision loss or blindness if left untreated.8 iScreen Vision is the easy way to ensure your child receives regular, comprehensive vision screening for a lifetime of vision health.
Know the Risks
One in every four children suffers from a vision problem – making vision disorders the most prevalent handicapping condition in childhood. Sadly, less than 20 percent of children receive a comprehensive eye exam prior to age six 9 primarily due to the difficulty and inaccuracy associated with use of traditional eye chart examinations for younger children. iScreen Vision now allows children to be screened for vision problems as early as 6 months with a high accuracy rate.
Accurate, early vision screening can help prevent the following risks associated with delayed detection and treatment of pediatric vision problems:
- Up to 5 percent of preschool children have a serious vision abnormality that can lead to permanent vision loss or blindness if not detected and treated early and half of these children will be diagnosed after the age of five when therapy and correction is often less effective.10
- Although 25 percent of all school-age children have a vision problem, studies show that during a child’s first 12 years, 80 percent of all learning is obtained visually and 75 percent of the school day is spent reading and writing.11
- Early childhood vision problems are associated with the inability to master higher math concepts, reading comprehension and spelling.12
- Children with vision-related learning problems also report they experience feelings such as a lack of direction, a sense of not belonging, an inadequate sense of self-assurance, and feelings of insecurity, inadequacy and inferiority.13
Could Your Child Have a Vision Problem? Know the signs:
Know the signs:
- Eyes turning inward or outward
- Squinting or frowning
- Headaches, nausea, dizziness
- Excessive blinking
- Closing or covering one eye
- Change in academic performance
- Difficulty reading
- Sitting unusually close to television, computer screen, or school chalkboard
- Rubbing eyes
- Eyes tiring easily from reading or schoolwork
- Tilting head to one side
- Using finger to maintain place when reading
8. Simons K. Preschool vision screening: rationale, methodology and outcome. Surv Ophthalmol 1996;41:3-30.
9. Castanes MS. The underutilization of vision screening (for amblyopia, optical anomalies and strabismus) among preschool age children. School of Public Health, The University of Texas, Health Science Center at Houston, USA. Binocul Vis Strabismus Q. 2003;18(4):217-32.
10. Current Ophthalmology Vol. 43, No. 5, March-April 1999, A Survey of Vision Screening Policy of Preschool Children in the United States.
11. Journal of Behavior Optometry, Visual Screening of Adjudicated Adolescents, Vol. 10, No. 1, 1999.
12. American Optometric Association, Pediatric Eye and Vision Examination, Optometric Clinical Practice Guideline, 1994.
13. J.N. Zaba, Vision’s relationship to delinquency, illiteracy and learning problems, 2001.