Checking on the Kids
With pediatric visual acuity visits postponed, can home-based testing options fill the gap?
Aleksandra Jones | | Quick Read
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many scheduled appointments are canceled or postponed – including those for pediatric patients, whose visual acuity (VA) is not currently being monitored by professionals. Nevertheless, there are ways in which parents can check VA at home, using smartphone-based systems – and many practices are looking into setting up virtual appointments, taking advantage of telemedicine solutions to help parents conduct home-based VA assessment. Available options include Peek Acuity’s vision check apps for Android smartphones (1) and the iSight Pro app from Kay Pictures, which is available free of charge for the next six months on Apple devices (2). Kay Pictures is developing a version specifically dedicated for parents. Notably, further research into safety and efficacy of VA testing conducted by parents is needed...