iSee Vision Screening Research Program: How screening works

It’s as easy as taking a picture…

child being screened

Using automated digital cameras for vision screening, children will have a “photo” taken while looking forward at an image of a happy face on the camera. The camera only needs a few seconds to detect if there are potential vision concerns requiring further testing by an eye care professional. Immediate pass or refer results are provided to the screener.

iSee screening team will provide an immediate referral report, if a possible cause of amblyopia is detected during screening, together with a referral package which will contain instructions to help parents and guardians with next steps of seeking professional care from an optometrist. 

Program staff will follow up with parents/guardians by phone and email, to determine if follow-up care has been received for research purposes.

Vision screening is not a replacement for a visit to an optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam. It is intended to only identify children who may require a more detailed examination to confirm or rule out the suggested visual findings. 

Are there any risks in the screening procedure? 

The vision-screening procedure is safe and non – invasive. No device comes in contact with your child. No eye drops and no puff of air are used. The screener holds the device 1 meter in front of your child. Using the screening device is simply like having your child’s picture taken.

How reliable is the screening process? 

The screening technique will use a referral criteria that has been shown to be 92 per cent effective in detecting problems that may lead to amblyopia, according to guidelines set by the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

Last updated: Tue, 2015-11-24 15:38