Tribeca Pediatrics Adopts Instrument-Based Vision Screenings for Well Visits


Tribeca Pediatrics uses the Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener
for pediatric vision screenings.


Tribeca Pediatrics is a physician-owned pediatric group with 44 offices in New York City, Westchester County and northern New Jersey. Vision screening is a critical component of “well” visits for patients. In 2022, Tribeca Pediatrics transitioned from using the standard visual acuity chart to using an instrument-based vision screener on patients 12 months to 3 years.


The Spot Vision Screener is a handheld, portable, ocular screening device designed to help quickly and easily detect vision issues in patients as young as six months. It was an ideal solution for Tribeca Pediatrics because of the small pupil size requirements. Practice locations were designed and built with large windows in the exam rooms to maximize the natural light in the rooms. Room darkening is not required to complete an exam with the Spot Vision Screener, so the device could easily be used in Tribeca Pediatric’s offices.



Tribeca Pediatrics has seamlessly added the Spot Vision Screener to its workflows. “The Spot Vision Screener is easy to use, picks up vision pathology very early while still amenable to treatment and keeps our practice in line with the AAP’s recommended standard of care,” said Jessica George, MD, Pediatrician at Tribeca Pediatrics. “It is also such a valuable tool for older children who are having trouble with the eye chart, saving time and ensuring an accurate examination.”

The AAP recommends instrument-based vision screening as early as 12 months of age, if available.1 An initial trial with the Spot Vision Screener allowed clinicians and staff to complete patient screenings faster than with the Snellen visual acuity chart. The instrument-based screening also provided more clinical information for each patient, which was easy to add to the patient’s chart for other providers in the practice to access and share with referral sites as needed.

Tribeca Pediatrics prides itself on providing a personalized, family-feel experience. By deploying Spot Vision Screeners at each office, providers can ensure each patient receives critical vision screenings. Screenings are important because vision disability is the single most prevalent disabling condition among children.2 “The Spot Vision Screener has become an important diagnostic tool in our practice. It is simple to use, yet an effective screening tool for detection of vision abnormalities in our young patients,” shared Sangita Modi, DO, Pediatrician, Tribeca Pediatrics.


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  1. American Academy of Pediatrics. Accessed January 19, 2023
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Improving the Nations’ Vision Health: A Comprehensive Public Health Approach
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