Use of the RetCam 120 for fundus evaluation in uncooperative children

Am J Ophthalmol. 2004 Feb;137(2):354-5. doi: 10.1016/S0002-9394(03)00867-5.


Purpose: To report our experience using the RetCam 120 to evaluate suspected retinal pathology in children who did not cooperate for standard in-office examination.

Design: Interventional case series.

Methods: We reviewed charts of eight consecutive uncooperative children with suspected fundus abnormalities that were photographed using the RetCam 120 as a routine part of patient care.

Results: Three uncooperative children with suspected pathology required RetCam 120 photos because of inadequate fundus examination. Five had pathology or suspected pathology that required more detailed examination. In all of these children, we were able to reach or rule out a diagnosis.

Conclusion: The Retcam 120 digital fundus camera has utility as an in-office diagnostic tool for fundus examination of poorly cooperative children and may be a good alternative to examination under anesthesia or sedation in selected cases.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Diagnostic Techniques, Ophthalmological*
  • Eye Abnormalities / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Optic Nerve / abnormalities*
  • Photography / instrumentation
  • Photography / methods*
  • Retinal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Treatment Refusal*