About the Enfant® Pediatric VEP Vision Test
The Enfant® Pediatric VEP Vision Testing System is a child-friendly, non-invasive medical device used to test for visual deficits in children 6 months of age and older. The test does not require dilation or sedation; it is a painless, safe test. The Enfant® is the only objective visual testing device for the pediatrician that is capable of evaluating the entire visual pathway available today.
After positioning three sensory pads on the child’s head, an operator initiates the test. Fun pictures appear and music plays while a series of black and white lines alternate on a video display. The Enfant®, using Visual Evoked Potential technology (VEP), assesses the child’s complete vision system and processes the VEP data.
Who are we testing and what are we testing for?
We are testing children six months of age and older in order to detect visual deficits such as optic nerve disorders, severe refractive errors, amblyopia, and conditions which could lead to amblyopia.
Your Child’s Vision: The Importance of Early Vision Testing
- More commonly referred to as “lazy eye,” amblyopia is decreased vision that results when one (or both) eyes sends a blurry image to the brain, inhibiting development of the vision system.
- According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, amblyopia is the most common vision problem in children; an estimated 4 out of every 100 children under age six have amblyopia.
- Prevent Blindness America says that only 1 in 5 children in the U.S. have a vision test before kindergarten.
- The Children’s Eye Foundation estimates that 4.5 million adults are legally blind or visually incapacitated in at least one eye due to amblyopia that was left untreated.
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