On June 24th and 25th 2019, Adaptica held at its headquarter in Padua two days of training for some distributors from different European countries to introduce their prodocuts and how they work.
Training and providing knowledge to their distributors is considered an asset for Adaptica. This is why Adaptica constantly invest time, energy and resources.
Screening in Bolivia
Dr Mario Angi is a renown ophthalmologist based in Padova and President of CBM Italia Onlus, a non-profit organization with headquarter in Germany.
During the last mission screening in Bolivia, Dr. Angi examined more than 200 kids using Kaleidos. Below is his comment on the use of Kaleidos in this mission trip:
“During the screening conducted in Bolivia from the 26th of April to the 2nd of May 2019, we examined more than 200 kids at first grade school, comparing the data and visual acuity performed by Kaleidos, with the ones performed by HandyRef Nidek’s autorefractor – without cycloplegic. At the end the results showed that astigmatism measurements almost match between the two devices: Kaleidos, for the spherical defect, doesn’t generate a false myopia – found in 20% of the exams made with the autorefractometer without cycloplegic. Combining Kaleidos – a binocular refractometer – with visual acuity measurement reduces the risks of false positive results due to non-collaborative pediatric patients and helps to identify the patients with strabismus >10 PD.”
OneSight & National Geographic event
On May 2nd, OneSight hosted an event with National Geographic at the National Geographic Society Headquarters, bringing together some of the brightest minds in vision care to discuss serving the neediest populations around the world. We were invited to take part to this event where the Pulitzer Prize photographer Stephanie Sinclair was the keynote speaker. Stephanie Sinclair is the same photographer who provided the photos that accompany the beautiful National Geographic’s article on the use of Kaleidos and VisionFit during the Onesight mission in the Amazon River.
The panel discussion brought to life the existing lack of access to eye care services that many individuals and entire countries like Rwanda, Brazil, China, and the US suffer. The right of a clear sight impact education outcomes, economic potential, and quality of life. We can solve this critical global vision care gap for good, together.
A”Future everyone can see”: this is our common goal now.
Discover more about the event here!
ASCRS Annual Meeting 2019
From 3rd to 7th of May, Adaptica joined Us Ophthalmic at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) annual meeting exhibition in San Diego. It is the largest U.S. meeting dedicated to anterior segment specialists, practice management staff, and ophthalmic technicians and nurses.
We have showed our newest devices and offered demos. Our mission was to improve the vision, outcomes and quality of patients’ life.
Robert Arnold’s interview
Doc. Robert Arnold answered to some questions about Adaptica and his main goal in the fight against Amblyopia.
He was interviewed during the AMGO congress.
We hope he will reach his goal and we will always support him in his battle against pediatric eye deseases.
Alaska Blind Child Discovery
AMGO Project is a visual prevention project of Amblyopia coordinated at national level by the Institute of the blind “Francesco Cavazza ONLUS” based in Bologna and aimed at children in their earliest childhood. In 2013 it obtained the patronage of the Ministry of Health.
Amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye”, consists of a reduced development of visual function in one or both eyes due to a visual defect present in early childhood, during which time the development and maturation of the visual system takes place. If not treated promptly, this condition may result in a permanent defect.
The most common causes of amblyopia are strabismus and incorrect refractive defects (myopia, hypermetropia, astigmatism). The risk of developing amblyopia due to untreated eye disease is present in the first 4-5 years of life, i.e. during and within the plastic period of development of the visual system. The diagnosis must therefore take place as early as possible, during the period in which the visual system is still susceptible to modifications and improvements if treated correctly.
In Italy, according to statistics on the statistics, amblyopia affects from 1.6% to 3.6% of the population. Since amblyopia can only be cured at an early age, early diagnosis and early treatment are the ideal objectives to be pursued.
To find out more informations, discover the article by Azzurra News here!
Screening week at Sant’Alessio
Amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye”, is curable. However, to solve the problem, the visual defect must be ascertained at an early age. For this reason, the Sant’Alessio Regional Center in Rome, has decided to join the campaign “AMGO-To me the eyes”.
On Saturday 23rd and Saturday 30th March, the IPAB has made its structure available for children aged between 12 and 30 months. From 9am to 6pm, parents who wanted to make their children visited, had the opportunity to get a free screening to identify symptoms of amblyopia, or lazy eye syndrome.
The importance of an early diagnosis
“The therapy for the correction of amblyopia – explains Antonio Organtini, general manager of the Sant’Alessio Regional Center – is all the more effective the earlier it begins; once they reach 6-7 years of age the visual system is developed, with minimal margins of response to the occlusive treatment, which is a simple solution with greater efficacy only if applied early “.
How to book an appointment? To participate in the screening it is necessary to choose a date and book the visit by calling the dedicated number 06.51.30.18.538 (Monday to Friday 9/15). Or you can write an email to address email@example.com.
Not only screening
“Our orthoptists and our ophthalmologists – states Antonio Organtini – are available to families not only to make the free screening, but also to raise awareness of this visual condition that should never be overlooked”.
Mass screening organized by Cavite State University – Philippines
Last April 15, 2019, Local Medical Technology students from Cavite State University used our Kaleidos and performed refractions to 70 adult & child patients plus around 40 students. These students helped organize this humanitarian mission for their local barangay people in Indang, Cavite, in the southern part of Luzon and approximately a three hour drive outside of Manila.
Kaleidos is the best tool for them to use for these screenings as it’s portable, easy to use, can be used in any setting, and can give you results in seconds without needing a skilled operator.
Mass screening in Calbayog City – Philippines
Towards the end of April 2019, partnered with local Rotary Club of Calbayog, local optometrist and Borough Center for Sight in coordination with Dr. Jerome Sarmiento, Medical Director of Cebu Branch which opened their Cebu clinic on May 2019 was performed a mass screening for 900 local patients from Calbayog City, Eastern Samar which is part of region 8 Visayas area and has the 3rd most largest area of mass land in the Philippines. Everybody was amazed to use Kaleidos and they highly appreciated the accuracy, simplicity and mobility of this device. They are strongly recommended it for their clinic together with the VisionFit SC.
This is the largest group of patients that we have analyzed using our Kaleidos in Philippines so far. The Eye care specialists and the patient as well found very exiting the way the screening process rolled out. We examined and refracted patients who have not experience in Eye refraction check-up and this is the part of the efficiency, mobility, time saving and unique way the kalends performs.
The First floating OneSight clinic in Amazon
In 2018, 46 volunteers, perform checkups and tests directly on board with cutting-edge technology and satellite devices in order to always maintain contact with the mainland.
Muritinga, Cuia, Iguapenu, São Felix and Sissaíma. Five stop-offs along the Amazon River, and five days to provide 2000 locals with glasses, suitable eyesight treatment and tests using special tools for checkups in remote areas, saving the riverside villagers from having to take a 30-hour trip to reach Manaus, the closest city with clinics and hospitals.
Kaleidos is the best tool for them to use for these screenings as it’s portable, easy to use, can be used in any setting, and can provide results in seconds without needing a skilled operator.
[Credit: National Geographic – Today’s technology could be the solution to the vision care gap]
The expedition team relied on small medical kits, suited for use in extreme conditions, as well as on a stock of spherical bifocal lenses for patients with specific prescriptions. Mothers of large families, kids walking for miles to get to school, fishermen knotting thin threads; everyone finally got the chance to wear the right glasses, made just for them.
During the Amazon River mission, Kaleidos confirms to be the perfect choice in the mass sight screening in remote areas. This binocular refraction system and visual analyzer is designed with the idea of performing the eyesight check-up under any environmental condition, in an extremely fast, practical and easy to use way.
The device developed by Adaptica has contributed on the eyesight screening of thousands of people who could hardly have reached the specialized centers placed more than 30 hours away from their homes.
The combination of the data acquired through Kaleidos and VisionFit contributed to provide the needed information to equip just in few days 2000 patients with glasses and complete Onesight’s mission.
Dr. Harbir in Jordan to help Syrian Refugees
In March OneSight had its first clinic in the Middle-East to screen and help Syrian Refugees in Jordan. Fifty-two volunteers visited a total of 2.647 patients between Jordanian and Syrian Refugees.
Among the volunteers there was Dr. Harbir Sian, a Canadian award-winning optometrist, who had the chance to use VisionFit SC for his first time.
This is what he told us about his experience:
”I had the please of using the Adaptica Kaleidos and VisionFit SC while volunteering in a mobile clinic with OneSight in Jordan. Both devices helped make our clinic much more efficient compared to older technology such as auto-refractors, trial frames, and phoropters. As an optometrist, I spent a lot of my time doing refractions. The mobility of the VisionFit SC was incredibly helpful in a clinic like this. We often needed to move rooms or make adjustments on the go. This was no problem when using the VisionFit SC. It was a pleasure to use these devices during my time in this clinic and I look forward to working with them again in the future.”
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Exhibition
From the 20th of May to the 23rd of May, we joined our UK distributors to the The Annual Royal College of Ophthalmologists Exhibition in Glasgow.
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists champions excellence in the practice of ophthalmology.
They are the only professional membership body for medically qualified ophthalmologists and for those who are undergoing specialist training to become ophthalmologists.
Their vision is that everyone has access to and receives high quality eye care for the prevention and treatment of eye disease in order to optimise, preserve and restore vision.
We were thrilled to take part to this important and prestigious exhibition where many people stopped by to check our devices and do some demos.
South America training
On May 24th 2019 – Cancun, Mexico, we organized a workshop where our specialist introduced the uniqueness of Adaptica‘s products and accessories, including 2WIN, 2WIN-S, VisionFit and Apps.
Training, updating, providing knowledge to our employees and partners is considered an asset for Adaptica. That’s why we constantly invest time, energy and resources. This activities offer the possibility to confront with each-other, to provide tools and instruments to better understand our solutions in order to properly use and promote them in the market.
Our KOL, Dr. Robert Arnold is a paediatric ophthalmologist working in Alaska and committed to the Paediatric Eye Disease Investigation.
He brought paediatric and adult eye care to oppressed ethnic groups in Burma in collaboration with Burma Vision project. Kaleidos was used to screen people there and even in remote parts of the world the device works. Doctor Arnold made this video about his screening experience in Burma.
This is a great and valuable witness about our Kaleidos‘ utilization: “Children in America, children in Europe and children even in remote parts of the World can benefit from photo screening with the device like this”.
Proud to be part of a project like this!