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Pediatric Group Offers Consistent Vision Care Across Its Network with Spot Vision Screener
Date:10/28/2013

LAKE MARY, Fla., Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- When the American Academy of Pediatrics issued its policy statement with recommendations for instrument-based pediatric vision screening in late 2012, Advocare LLC, a physician-owned, multi-specialty medical group operating in New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia metropolitan region, was already completing its testing of the Spot vision screener and promoting use of the device among pediatricians in its network.

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"We began using Spot in a piloting capacity on behalf of the other locations," said Dr. Kevin King, a physician at Advocare Haddonfield Pediatric Association in New Jersey. Since King is also the vice president of vendor relations for Continuum Health Alliance, the healthcare management company serving the Advocare centers, a fellow physician had asked him to evaluate the device. "Usage began in 2011," he said.

The AAP policy statement declares, "A primary goal of vision screening in young children is the detection of amblyopia or the risk factors for development of amblyopia, a neural deficit in vision that is estimated to be present in 1% to 4% of children [1]." Since early identification of risk factors increases a patient's chances for complete recovery, the policy statement asserts, "Photoscreening and handheld autorefraction may be electively performed in children 6 months to 3 years of age ...[and] are recommended as an alternative to visual acuity screening with vision charts from 3 through 5 years of age..."

The results of the pilot satisfied King and his colleagues. "We were getting written consultation letters on patients, and in conversations with ophthalmologists, they gave positiv
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