LAKE MARY, FL--(Marketwire - August 24, 2009) -
PediaVision, a company dedicated to solving
the critical problem of undiagnosed vision problems affecting thousands of
children, today announced a breakthrough in the use of the PediaVision
Assessment Solution for autistic children.
John Facciani, MD, a pediatric ophthalmologist at Virginia's Vistar Eye
Center, explains, "Before PediaVision, it was difficult at best to conduct
an eye exam on some children with autism because of both the inability to
communicate what they are able to see and an unwillingness to let the
examiner close enough for a good exam. Without any useful information to go
by, an exam under general anesthesia would be required. Now that we have
the PediaVision Assessment Solution (PAS), which enables us to conduct a
vision screening within seconds from three feet away from the patient, we
can better accommodate children with autism," he said. "PediaVision has
made a tremendous difference in my practice -- because it is perfect for
very young children (as young as six months old) -- and now we've found it
to be successful on children with autism," he added.
"Often children with autism have to be sedated in order to go into a
doctor's office to have an eye exam -- they don't like being touched and
they don't like having their personal space invaded," said Debbie McKinney,
mother of Christopher, age 5, who is autistic. "The fact that this device
can screen children's vision from three feet away, makes all the
difference. Overall this was one of the most pleasant exam experiences
since our son was diagnosed with autism," she added.
"With the odds of one in 150 children having autism in this country alone,*
the PediaVision device is a
must-have for Pediatric Ophthalmologists and Pediatricians everywhere," Dr.
The only binocular vision screening device that produces highly accurate,
immediate results, the PediaVision Assessment Solution (PAS) is effective
for screening children of any age, especially pre-verbal children. The
software produces written results and a recommendation as to whether or not
a subject should be referred to an eye care specialist. Conducted from
three feet away, the screening is as simple and non-invasive as taking a
picture of the child.
PediaVision's CEO David Melnik said, "Approximately 95 percent of vision
issues in children -- if caught early
-- can be corrected, providing them a better quality of life."
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the most prevalent
disabling childhood conditions in the U.S. are vision disorders including
amblyopia, strabismus, and significant refractive errors. Unless it is
successfully treated in early childhood, amblyopia usually persists into
adulthood, and is the most common cause of permanent one-eye vision
impairment among children.
In addition, the CDC indicates
(http://www.cdc.gov/DIABETES/pubs/pdf/vision.pdf) that children with
impaired vision may have greater difficulty learning, have trouble
participating in organized sports and recreational activities, have limited
employment options, may have increased morbidity or mortality due to
accidents, and have difficulty with psychosocial development.
Melnik added, "We encourage parents to ask their Pediatrician to screen for
vision at all of their child's well check-ups, and to get the latest vision
screening technology to help them get an accurate, objective screening."
PediaVision is dedicated to solving the critical problem of undiagnosed
vision problems affecting thousands of children and to helping
Pediatricians provide thorough vision screening. The company was initially
founded by a team of optometrists and ophthalmologists. These medical
professionals were confronted daily with the impact of permanent vision
loss in children. PediaVision has a proven technology and a management
team with medical expertise and a strong track record of transforming
industries. For more information about PediaVision, and to help the fight
against undiagnosed vision problems in children, please visit
*Autism Speaks (www.autismspeaks.com)