Visunex Medical Systems, a firm based in Fremont, California, got hold of FDA clearance for its new PanoCam Pro Wide-field Imaging System used for identifying external, anterior, and posterior segment vision disorders in newborn infants. The system is intended to be used for screening all newborns arriving at any hospital equipped with a PanoCam Pro Wide-field.
Newborns these days are typically screened for a number of problems, including hearing, but vision is somewhat ignored until testing starts a few years later. Visunex hopes its new system will be able to spot early cases of eye disease.
Moreover, large scale screenings will allow researchers to correlate early abnormalities with conditions that develop later in life, potentially helping to find new ways to prevent those diseases.