One of the first things I noticed when I started my new School Nurse position this past fall was how outdated the vision charts were. Through researching the different types of vision charts, I came across the Near/Distance Vision Screening & Testing App for iPads by Good-Lite Company Apps. Good-Lite Company manufactures vision screening instruments and vision charts. They use guidelines and recommendations by the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) who has awesome video tutorials
on vision testing for School Nurses. In the past few months, I've learned to really appreciate this mobile and versatile app as I test my students from school to school.
App: Near/Distance Vision Screening & Testing
Why It's Awesome
- Near and distance vision charts with 10ft/20ft equivalents
- Variety of charts: LEA Symbols, HOTV, LEA Numbers, and Sloan Letters
- Scramble button to change the order of the optotyopes and prevent memorization
- Continuous Text Reading
I have 3 schools I'm in charge of and 2 offices. Instead of ordering 3 sets of vision charts it was nice to just pull out the iPad, which is with me all the time anyway, so I can test anywhere and at anytime. Not to mention the app includes LEA and HOTV symbols so that's even more less charts to buy for school nurses with younger students. The scramble button is my favorite feature to use for when I have multiple students waiting or when I know the student is trying to peek while switching the occulder between eyes. Not to mention the students think it's pretty cool and it's easier to get my "difficult" students to pay attention to the computer screen. There's also less lines (7) than the normal, full-size chart so it's less daunting for students who get nervous in front of vision charts.
Where It Falls Short
The price is a bit steep at $50, but when you look at the bigger picture this app will save you money as it's 8 vision charts in one. It can also be difficult measuring out the 10ft. distance from the iPad to the student and luckily my District provided iPad has a cover that converts in to a stand. The app is also only for iPads with high resolution displays. If you have an iPad older than the iPad 3 then this app won't be for you. However, Good-Lite Company has another app
with AAPOS for vision screening for those of you with older iPads or on a budget at only $29.99. However, it doesn't have the multitude of options that this app brings to the table.
This is a fantastic app for the School Nurse on the go and will save you $$$ in the long run. My high school students love it and I love how I can prevent cheating with the scramble button. It's a great investment and an awesome way to make technology work for you. This app is a great asset to my job and hopefully it will be for yours.