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

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.