Spot Vision Screener receives Appliance Design Magazine's Gold Award

Innovative design guided by objective to find 12.5 million children with vision issues

Jun 04, 2012, 10:47 ET from PediaVision

LAKE MARY, Fla., June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The revolutionary new Spot vision screener has been named winner of the Gold Award for design by Appliance Design Magazine, PediaVision announced today. 

Everyday 25 percent of all school-age children across America suffer from a vision problem,[1] that is over 12 million children who are unable to see the blackboard or read their textbooks. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that vision disability is the single most prevalent disabling condition among children. Approximately 80 percent[2] of what children learn in their early school years is visual. Alarmingly, fewer than 15 percent of all preschool children receive an eye exam and fewer than 22 percent receive any type of vision screening. 

When David Melnik, President and CEO of PediaVision, maker of Spot, discovered the silent epidemic facing our children today, Melnik and his team went to work on designing a vision screener that was fast, accurate, objective and easy to use.

PediaVision collaborated with the design firm Bressler group, on the initial design concepts. The objective was to construct a quick and convenient technological tool that would best address vision disability early, making screening quicker, easier and more accurate than the current standard of vision screening.  The result is a portable, wireless, WiFi-enabled, handheld device that makes vision screening as easy as using a camera.

"We are very pleased to receive the Gold Award for the design of Spot," said Melnik. "Our goal was to provide the technology needed to quickly and easily screen as many children as possible.  By compacting this technology into a lightweight and portable device, we can achieve maximum results, offering vision screening that is easy and objective."

Spot's revolutionary screening system is designed to quickly identify vision issues in children as young as 6 months through adults, including near-sightedness, far-sightedness, astigmatism, eye misalignment, along with unequal refractive power and unequal pupil size.  Spot has an incredibly quick capture time of one second or less, which makes screening equally efficient in a physician's office or large-scale public screening. Spot's touchscreen interface clearly displays the results instantly and accurately. 

The key to this design's success is the unique integration of PediaVision's patent-pending optics and processing algorithms, making what was once complex as simple as taking a photo.

Appliance Design Magazine recognized the accomplishment of this design with the Gold Award under the medical category in the United States.  The award was announced in Appliance Design Magazine's June issue in addition to the online publication, found at To contact the publication, email Darrel Dal Pozzo, Publisher or Seth Fisher, Chief Editor

About PediaVision

PediaVision, inventor of the Spot vision screener, is dedicated to solving the vital health issue of undiagnosed vision problems and transforming the lives of thousands of children each day.  A child with an undetected or untreated vision problem is more likely to develop social or emotional problems.[3] Thus, a child's vision problems can affect not only their own learning, but that of their peers. PediaVision is committed to assisting children in reaching their full potential by providing an objective and accurate vision screening device for public and private healthcare providers. 

Supported by ophthalmologists, optometrists, scientists and leading technology innovators, the Spot vision screener is a breakthrough technology and represents what vision screening should be.  For more information, including how to order Spot, please visit

[1] A Call to Action, Joel N. Zaba, MA, O.D. for Essilorvision Foundation, September 2008.

[2] American Optometric Association. (2000). Optometric clinical practice guidelines. Care of the patient with learning-related vision problems. St. Louis: Author.

[3] 2010 Charles E. Basch, Teachers College, Columbia University. A Research Initiative of the Campaign for Educational Equity Teachers College, Columbia University.

SOURCE PediaVision