Safety during Covid and post Covid crisis

Safety during Covid and post Covid crisis

Safety during Covid and post Covid crisis

Why Adaptica’s devices are the perfect ophthalmic instruments to perform measurement in safety.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is continuously sharing and updating important ophthalmology-specific information related to Covid-19.

This highly contagious virus leads mainly to severe respiratory issues, but several reports suggest that it can cause a mild follicular conjunctivitis and possibly be transmitted by aerosol contact with conjunctiva. It is therefore important for eyecare specialists to protect mouth, nose and eyes and be particularly careful with the disinfection practices already in use to prevent office-based spread of other viral pathogens – before and after every patient encounter.

More specifically, in the recommended protocols when seeing a patient (published by AAO) we can read:

1. Utilization

The use of commercially available slit-lamp barriers or breath shields is encouraged, as they may provide a measure of added protection against the virus. These barriers do not, however, prevent contamination of equipment and surfaces on the patient’s side of the barrier, which may then be touched by staff and other patients and lead to transmission. Homemade barriers may be more difficult to sterilize and could be a source of contamination. In general, barriers are not a substitute for careful cleaning of equipment between patients and asking those patients who cough, sneeze, or have flu-like symptoms to wear masks during examination.

2. In the future

To further decrease the risk of any virus transmission, ophthalmologists should inform their patients that they will speak as little as possible during the examinations, and request that the patient also refrain from talking.

3. In-office procedures

For in-office procedures that require close physical proximity to the patient, we recommend the patient wear a surgical mask or a cloth face covering if surgical masks are in short supply, and that the surgeon wear a surgical mask and eye protection. In regions with high prevalence of COVID-19, an N95 mask for the surgeon can be considered when available. The CDC’s recommendations on N95 extended use and/or reuse should be followed.

Taking all of this into consideration, how can Adaptica assist eyecare professionals and patients in this difficult era? It’s very simple: by producing devices that have never needed close proximity between patient and technician.

In order to keep practicing, with the littlest restraints possible, incorporate Kaleidos in your examination routine: you will never need to be at less than 1 meter/6 feet from your patients! With the tablet remote control and the possibility to sanitize the device with alcoholic solutions, Covid-19 will not stop you from taking care of your patients. 

You will be able to perform subjective refraction in the fastest way possible and respecting all sanitary recommendations given by WHO. 

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Screening week at Sant’Alessio

Screening week at Sant’Alessio

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”.

Amblyopia

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 “.

Useful information

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 protocollo@santalessio.org.

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”.

The First floating OneSight clinic in Amazon

The First floating OneSight clinic in Amazon

The First floating OneSight clinic in Amazon

From 11 to 15 June, 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.