Spot Vision Screening for Pediavision
Helping Kids See Better
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Spot is a fast, portable, easy-to-use screening device for children that is designed to quickly detect ophthalmological issues ranging from near-sightedness (myopia) to eye misalignment (strabismus). The typical user is a volunteer vision screener who is part of a school or community vision-screening event for kids. These free events provide important early detection of potentially debilitating conditions.
For 150 years, kids have stood in front of eye charts, being quizzed on letters by a doctor or nurse. While this method works, it requires plenty of time and training — both of which cost plenty of money. Unfortunately this combination of factors leads to some children getting insufficient screening. The challenge was to develop an intuitive new device that could be used by untrained professionals; deliver accurate results; and allow for the speedy screening of hundreds within hours in large-scale events such as school health screenings as well as in one-on-one settings at the doctor’s office.
In all cases, Spot needed to be lightweight and comfortable, so ergonomics and shape were a big challenge. Even though the device wanted to feel like a camera, it needed to be held at the subject's eye level and not obscure their face. To facilitate proper testing, it needed to provide feedback to both the user and the subject being tested.
Spot's design is driven by high-end optics and infrared light scanning combined with sophisticated software, algorithms, and IR imaging technology. In order to appeal to an untrained user and a young subject, the device couldn't look sophisticated or intimidating. We created a user-friendly interface and a touchscreen-driven package with a form language that resembles a camera.
Spot is as intuitive and simple to use as a digital camera. The touchscreen display guides the user through the testing and automatically captures the vision data — immediately providing a comprehensive vision assessment via a one-page summary. The report can be printed wirelessly (the device is Wifi-enabled) or transferred to another device such as a computer. The data can be easily stored and transferred to support various electronic records protocols.
At one second or less, Spot has the fastest scan time on the market, which makes screening equally efficient in a physician’s office or large-scale public setting — even with highly distractible subjects with short attention spans. (Spot screens ages six months to eighteen years old.)
In its first school-based screening using three Spot screeners, volunteers zoomed through 1,200 students in six hours — a rate of 70 screens per hour, per device. One of our earliest users, an ophthalmologist, compared Spot to its predecessors by likening it to "the difference between looking up at the moon and actually standing on the moon."