Uploaded on May 11, 2009
Simple "enhanced" standard of care needed for early detection in newborns and infants. Drops are added by nurse when the infant is weighed. At the end of the well check up when the eyes have dilated, the pediatrician turns off the lights and thoroughly examines the back of the eyes. Quick and easy...costs less than a dime...this simple exam will help ensure EARLY DETECTION which is vital to the healthy sight and lives of our children.
At the beginning of the well -baby exam after the
infant has been weighed; the nurse administers
an eye dilation drop in each eye. As you can
see, this takes only a few seconds.
At the end of the well-baby exam when the eyes
are dilated the doctor performs the required
ophthalmoscopic exam in a dark room. Notice
the pediatrician is using his ophthalmoscope for
a good 15 seconds looking at all angles of the
back of the eye. Because the eyes are dilated,
he now has an opportunity to detect and refer
the infant to an eye doctor for further evaluation.
At the end of the exam the pediatrician states,
"It's as simple as that".
The eye dilation exam is recommended at
birth, the 6-8 week well-baby exam and
again at the 6-9 month well-baby exam. We
never know when an eye disease will start to
present. These 3 exams will get the vast majority
of our infants to eye doctors in time to save their
sight. The "enhanced" exam takes no extra time
to the pediatrician, only the extra seconds for the
nurse. It costs less than a dime per child.
**Note: The ophthalmoscope should be used in a
dark room at every exam just as a stethoscope is
used...it is the "stethoscope" for the eyes.
Sadly, the ophthalmoscope was never used at
Joey's exams; it would have saved his life. Make
sure this is happening for your children and
The Pediatrician in the video is a true hero! He
has been performing a routine eye dilation exam
for the infants in his practice since 1984 which
numbered over 10,000 at the time of the taping.
He has never had a parent refuse the exam, only
been grateful for his doing it.