PediaVision Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Revolutionary Spot Vision Screener

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Spot has screened nearly a million children across the country

PediaVision celebrated the one year anniversary of the Spot vision screener this month, crediting the speed and accuracy of the device, which has already made a difference for nearly a million children across the country, according to David Melnik, president and CEO of PediaVision.

“We now have hundreds of Spot devices being used all across the country and the stories we receive from experts in the field are very encouraging for our entire team,” said Melnik, who founded the company with the purpose of transforming vision screening so all children can reach their full potential. “Spot can screen anyone from six months and up in just a few seconds, providing objective results. That’s a big change from asking children to read lines on an eye chart.”

Melnik, who achieved great success changing the habits of travelers worldwide through the introduction of kiosks at airports, worked closely with a team of scientists to design and develop a highly accurate vision screener. Now, just one year since the introduction of Spot, a new standard in vision screening has emerged.

Spot is making a difference for children everywhere, from pre-schools through high schools, in doctor’s offices or at community screenings across the country. Nancy Jeppesen, an expert vision screener with Florida’s VisionQuest, has been conducting vision screenings at schools for the past 17 years.

“Spot has revolutionized how we will view vision screening and how we are going to identify vision problems for children of all ages,” said Jeppesen. “We must have screenings that are very accurate and that’s what we love about Spot, because it is so very accurate.”

Lions Clubs across the United States have used Spot for their community vision screenings. Dr. Hauser Weiler, U.S. International Lions’ President, and a highly experienced ophthalmologist in Kilmarnock, Virginia, incorporated Spot into the screening events conducted by the Virginia Lions. Weiler, who was recently elected as a director for the International Association of Lions Clubs, says Spot has taken vision screening to an entirely new level.

“With this new screening device, PediaVision has completely changed vision screenings,” said Weiler. “It’s the difference between looking up at the moon and actually standing on the moon. That’s how far PediaVision has taken us.”

Dr. Stephanie Lyons, an optometrist in Chicago, has incorporated Spot into her practice.
“We are using Spot to screen everyone under 18 years of age,” said Dr. Lyons, who received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and her doctorate from the Illinois College of Optometry. “Spot has been far more accurate than the traditional auto-refractor we have been using, and definitely easier to use. It’s really fast and pretty much dummy proof – anyone can learn to use it in just a few minutes.”

Students and educators in schools across the country have also benefitted from Spot.
“The speed of Spot was the major difference for us,” said teacher Sarah Miranda, who organized a vision screening at Palmetto Elementary School in Florida. “They were able to screen the entire school during half of a school day and not lose any instructional time. Also, we have exceptional students and autistic students at Palmetto. Those are kids who have been unable to get a vision screening in the past. Using Spot however, we were able to screen all 19 of our exceptional students.”

Miranda sums up the difference vision screening with Spot can make for children. “One student said to me, “Guess what I did today? I finally was able to see what everyone else could see.” You feel so happy for them. Using Spot for the vision screening here at Palmetto has changed the future outlook for our students”    

About PediaVision

PediaVision, inventor of the award-winning Spot vision screener, is dedicated to solving the critical 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. Thus, a child’s vision problems can affect not only their own learning, but that of their peers. Automated and objective vision screening empowers organizations in public health and private medicine to ensure children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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

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