6 eye tests are available on the self-testing DiagnosticGame app. DiagnosticGame™ app is a group of six automated games invented to measure visual acuity, color vision, stereopsis and relative brightness, and amblyopia.
Measuring color vision is for free. The other tests have a cost of around 0.20 euros. A pack of 10 tests costs 2.29 EUR or 1.99 USD.
How self testing can help users to identify potential vision issues?
The games measure performance achievements but do not diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The performance game scores provide information that enables health care specialists, especially pediatricians and school nurses, to better identify eye diseases and eye specialists to better diagnose and treat eye diseases.
One of the tests is in Lazy Eye (amblyopia) specifically dedicated for young children. According to AMA Optics, established screening techniques for amblyopia have proven inadequate and today amblyopia is the leading cause of permanent vision loss in children and young adults.
Steven Kane, MD, Ph.D. of Columbia University in a poster at the American Academy of Pediatrics on November 5, 2018, reported an entirely new concept for amblyopic screening using a rivalrous comparison of the brightness sense between the amblyopic eye and normal eye. 286 elementary students were tested using the new self-testing DiagnosticGame app on an iPad. In 96.6% of students, the iPad “Game” was successfully completed and sorted out those with amblyopia. Dr. Kane stated that “brightness rivalry may be the most sensitive and specific method to detect amblyopia.”
Albert Hofeldt, MD is the inventor of the DiagnosticGame app, which is detailed in US patents 9,089,257 (Binary Choice Self-Testing) and 9,560,960 (Amblyometer) and based on his earlier research showing that the brightness sense is reduced in an amblyopic eye. Dr. Hofeldt, an ophthalmologist and president of AMA Optics, Inc. states, “When diagnosed early, amblyopia treatment is generally successful, the real problem is early diagnosis.”
According to Dr. Hofeldt, his self-testing amblyopia-detecting app is easy to use and enjoyable as a video game. Schools and pediatricians are the gateways for detecting amblyopia and using the DiagnosticGame app at these gateways has the potential of removing amblyopia as the leading cause of permanent vision loss for children.