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The purpose of this study was to determine whether providing access to instrument-based screening equipment would increase the total number of high quality age-appropriate vision screenings provided to pre-school aged children. SPOT vision screening was placed in paediatric offices at no cost (loaned or purchased by paediatricians) to determine if this would increase the number and quality of screenings and referrals. Seventy-six percent coverage was obtained with placement in 19 of 25 offices. In one year, 6502 screens were done. Nine hundred needed referral: 525 with astigmatism, 105 with myopia, 70 with hyperopia, 64 with anisometropia and 44 with gaze issue. The loan programme was successful for an area in which paediatric practices struggle to afford the vision screener. By the end of 2018, 90% screening coverage had been obtained.

Amblyopia elimination project: pediatric medical home-based community vision screening.
Freedman H, Fundora A, Baker J, Diegel JT.
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Fiona Rowe (Prof)

Institute of Population Health, University of Liverpool, UK.

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