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A little about photorefractive screening...
  • It is not experimental!
    • This technology has been around for years and is used in a wide variety of devices for vision screening in doctor’s offices and research studies.
  • How it works
    • Our devices use an infrared camera to scan a child’s eyes and take a digital photograph. No lasers are involved in the screening process.
    • This process is fast and non-invasive; a full assessment takes less than 5 seconds. The “no touch” evaluation is conducted from a distance of 3 feet.
    • Our screening process looks for more than just refractive errors; it also performs a comprehensive gaze analysis, which checks for misalignment of the eyes, media opacities such as congenital cataracts or a tumor, unequal pupils, and drooping eyelids. All of these problems can cause permanent problems in your child’s vision if not caught at an early age!


Why is vision screening important?
The American Journal of Preventive Medicine ranks children’s vision screening at the same level of importance as mammography for women. Research has shown that 95% of vision problems can be corrected when detected and treated early. Early vision screening is the best prevention against the possibility of blindness and other vision problems. Children with vision problems are often too young to know and understand that the way they see the world is not the way everyone else sees it. This, along with the fact that vision problems usually don’t cause physical pain, means that many vision issues go undetected. Since 80% of what a child learns is through visual input, good eyesight is essential for learning. Vision screenings help you as a parent know that your child is vision-ready for life.

Our Research
The Vision Intervention Program would like to invite you to participate in our research study. If you agree to be a part of this study, the results gathered from the screening will be used in the future to study how we can better serve the community. This information allows us to:

  • Find ways to provide better access to vision care for preschool children
  • Gain a greater understanding of vision screening
  • Implement ways to serve all children in our community, regardless of income or geography
  • Contact you at a later date to ensure that your child receives the needed follow-up from the screening results
If you agree to be a part of this study, your information will be stored in our secure database. We will guard your privacy by keeping your personal information separate from any results or documentation we have. The information allows us to help your child receive the care they need and will not be used for any other purposes by outside agencies or companies. If you do not elect to be a part of our study, your child will still be able to receive the vision screening and we will not keep any of your personal information.