September 11, 2020
As technology increasingly becomes a part of our everyday lives, myopia is on the rise, particularly in pediatric populations. According to the American Optometric Association, 1 in 4 parents have reported that their child has the condition.
Myopia can be easily detected by getting your eyes checked for refraction errors, but lengthy eye exams can be difficult for children to sit through, so autorefractors now offer an easy solution. Autorefractors can detect refraction errors in children in as short as five minutes.
A recent 2020 literature review conducted by Lorri Wilson, MD, and others evaluated over 15 studies that tested the accuracy of autorefractor measurements as compared to more traditional retinoscopy. The study investigated findings in both cycloplegic and noncycloplegic conditions for children.
In noncycloplegic environments, only SVOne and Grand Seiko WAM were able to produce a mean difference in spherical equivalent or sphere of less than 0.25 diopters from cycloplegic retinoscopy results. These devices are able to closely reproduce these results due to their open channel design during refraction. This design allows them to then reduce accommodation errors.
Autorefractors are a quick and accurate solution to the growing demand for eye checkups for children and can reproduce clinically accurate measurements in short amounts of time.
Click here to read more from Dr. Wilson’s literature review.