Friday, July 24, 2009

Enfant Screening

Something that parents may overlook is monitoring our children's eyesight. I received some information about a new testing system that I thought I would share.

ENFANT™ PEDIATRIC VEP VISION TESTING SYSTEM

2009 Fact Sheet

Enfant Technology: The Enfant™ Pediatric VEP Vision Testing System is a non-invasive, child-friendly medical device that tests for visual deficits, including amblyopia, optic nerve disorders, and refractive errors, in pre-verbal children, ages six months and older. The Enfant system is the first and only pediatric vision test of its kind.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), vision disorders are the fourth most common disability among children in the United States. Although vision assessment beginning at birth has been endorsed by major pediatric and ophthalmologic medical associations, recent studies estimate that only 21% of all preschool children are screened for vision problems and only 14% receive a comprehensive vision exam.

The Enfant uses technology called Visual Evoked Potential (VEP), which evaluates the child’s response to an external stimulus along the entire visual pathway from the lens of the eye to the visual cortex of the brain. By using VEP, the Enfant is able to identify vision deficits that a physician might not otherwise detect during more conventional, subjective eye exams, such as eye charts. The Enfant system allows testing of much younger children, since it does not require a response from the patient.

The Enfant Pediatric VEP Vision Testing System:
Utilizes clinically proven, FDA-approved technology
Delivers a 97% sensitivity in detecting visual deficits where and when they exist
Provides immediate, on-site test results in simple, pass/fail format
Requires no dilation or sedation for maximum patient safety
Features child-friendly animated characters and graphics accompanied by music
Can be completed in five to seven minutes, contributing to a more than 90% test completion rate
Is currently utilized by more than 250 pediatric practices, and is easily incorporated into a child’s regular well care visit

Stimulates the vision system with a specific pattern to elicit electrical signals to the visual cortex of the brain
Uses objective, statistical analysis to assess the child’s neurological response to the stimuli, and compares the two eyes to determine if asymmetries are present
If asymmetries are present, the patient is referred to an eye care specialist for further evaluation

To find out more about this testing please visit www.enfantvision.com.

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