Dee Dee Sturr, November 16 & 17, 2013
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VisionQuest 20/20 was honored to be named among the top 10 finalists
for the 2013 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. Recognized
for the development of the EyeSpy 20/20™ school vision screener that
dramatically improves the accuracy, availability and cost of vision
screening for children, VisionQuest 20/20 was included among such
leading innovators as Boston Medical Center, U.S. Green Building
Council, Horizons for the Blind, Sustainable Nutrition International and
Congratulations to Boston Medical Center for winning the $100,000
prize for its innovative efforts to ease patient transitions from
hospital to home.
ALICE TRUONG, October 2, 2013
The problem with amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye, isn't
treatment. If caught early enough in children, the condition can be
easily addressed, often with something as simple as a pair of glasses.
Instead, the issue lies with detection: If caught too late, amblyopia
can lead to blindness in one eye.
Richard Tirendi, September 30, 2013
Can a video game help to detect vision disorders?
Many parents, educators, and even some physicians are unaware that
certain vision disorders, if not detected and treated early in life, can
result in a condition known as amblyopia or “lazy eye” – the most common
cause of blindness in persons under the age of 45.Detection of amblyopia
can be challenging because often the child can see clearly with one eye,
allowing them to read a book and see the blackboard while silently going
blind in their weak eye. You can’t necessarily look at a child and see
that they are suffering with a vision problem.
Jeff, September 06, 2013
I’ve been fortunate to be allowed to interview some great people
during the past four(!) years at Just Press Start. However, I believe
this conversation with Richard Tirendi from VisionQuest 20/20 is the
most IMPORTANT one I’ve ever recorded. Vision problems affect too many
children in this country, and the results can be devastating if they
aren’t caught in time. I REALLY believe in the VisionQuest team and
their aims with the EyeSpy 20/20™ program. Anything that makes vision
screenings easier, cheaper, and more accurate for schools is good
already. Making them into a game that kids clamor to play again is just
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Colin Campbell, September 05, 2013
The old-fashioned eye test wallchart is slowly being replaced by
something that users say is more effective and way more fun; a video
Gamification, which once wowed the mighty global brain-trust of TED has
been redefined, by some, as merely a sub-component of marketing, a
simple case of psychological reward mechanisms.
Stephanie Wong, August 27, 2013
There are a lot of things we take for granted in life, for me, it
would be my eyesight.
Do you know what I’d give to be able to wake up in the morning and tell
the time on the clock across the room clearly without squinting my eyes
and tilting my head?
I don’t have 20/20 vision and I’m not blind, but I do have very poor
Amanda Dyar, August 25, 2013
Vision disorders impact a large number of children and millions of
screenings are resulting in some children being overlooked. A new video
game entitled "EyeSpy 20/20™" has been designed to make vision screenings
more fun for children and does not require in-depth training to
Eric Wicklund, August 19, 2013
An estimated one out of every four school-aged children has an
undetected and untreated vision disorder. If it's amblyopia ("lazy eye")
and it's left untreated through age 9, the damage could very well be
Those statistics spurred a pair of entrepreneurs into creating an
interactive video game designed to screen children for a wide variety of
vision disorders. Called EyeSpy 20/20, the technology is being
distributed to schools throughout the country in hopes that every child
can be effectively screened, diagnosed and treated.
Deanna Pogorelc, August 14, 2013
Using the 150-year-old eye chart today is a little like riding a
horse and buggy around town, in the eyes of Richard Tirendi. To bring
vision screening up-to-date and remove some of the human variability and
subjectivity in it, Tirendi his eye surgeon friend reinvented the eye
chart in the form of a computer game.
RaeAnne Marsh, August 2013
VisionQuest 20/20, built on a collaboration two Arizonans initiated
in 2001, aims to transform the way eye tests are administered to school
children and help prevent issues related to treatable vision problems.
Meris Stansbury, July 10, 2013
The game, EyeSpy 20/20, screens visual acuity and depth perception.
For vision problems, it can catch near and farsightedness, eye
misalignment, cataracts, astigmatism, and amblyopia (lazy eye)–often
undetectable to untrained personnel and can be missed with traditional
eye tests, such as the eye chart. According to the creators of
EyeSpy20/20, if caught too late, amblyopia can cause a permanent
percentage of lost vision in adulthood.
Lynette Carrington, June 26, 2013
“Cover your eye and read the letters on the chart.” This method of
vision testing is well over 100 years old and, doctors say, is not an
effective way to catch certain eye conditions.
However, two Valley professionals have developed an innovative method to
help find serious eye conditions in children—one that is highly
effective and entertaining for children. EyeSpy 20/20 is a specialized
video game-based vision test developed and designed by Dr. James O’Neil,
M.D., and Electrical and Computer Engineer Richard Tirendi.
June 20, 2013
Ophthalmological technology has made leaps and bounds in recent
years, but screening children for vision problems still hasn't advanced
beyond the eye-chart stage. VisionQuest 20/20, a nonprofit organization
founded by Dr. James W. O'Neil and engineer Richard S. Tirendi, is
looking to change that by introducing a new product called EyeSpy 20/20.
Heather Clancy, June 8, 2013
I have worn glasses or contact lenses since the 2nd grade, so a
recent information pitch from non-profit group VisionQuest 20/20 caught
my eye (so to speak).
The organization has created a videogame that tests a child's eyesight
while she or he is playing it. (The video from NightlyNews above walks
through one scenario in which it was used.)
Monica Davis, June 3, 2013
Meet Dr. James W. O’Neil, M.D. and Richard S. Tirendi, a couple of
brilliant gentleman whose chance meeting 10 years ago has turned into an
amazing partnership that is having an unbelievable effect on humanity.
A pediatric ophthalmologist and the President and co-founder of
VisionQuest 20/20, Dr. O’Neil’s list of accomplishments is a testament
to his dedication to serving humanity. He has committed his life
Ashley Yeo, May 24, 2013
Ten years ago, Richard Tirendi met up with Dr. James O’Neil, a child
ophthalmologist, at an event where they started talking about how Dr.
O’Neil, as a doctor, had to break the unfortunate news to many parents
that their child was suffering a lazy eye disorder.
Eric Dye, May 02, 2013
Richard S. Tirendi the CEO and Co-Founder of VisionQuest 20/20 where
their slogan is "Because Every Child Deserves to See" joins Enterprise
Radio. He discusses the mission of VisionQuest 20/20 and the benefit of
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Diana Alvear, April 25, 2013
Up to one in four children in America have an undiagnosed vision
disorder. An eye surgeon says he’s found a better way, a revolutionary
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April 24, 2013
Interview with VisionQuest 20/20 Co-Founder and CEO, Richard Tirendi.
Chris Chinnock, March 10, 2013
3D in Medicine - A company called VisionQuest 20/20 (Mesa, AZ) has
developed a new vision screening test that can replace the Snellen eye
chart with a video game. It can screen for stereoscopic vision as well
as amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (eye misalignment), cataracts, and
focusing problems (nearsightedness, extreme...
March 7, 2013
Vision and hearing screening programs are standard requirements
administered in school-based preschool and K-12 schools as an
undiagnosed issue with either can affect quality of learning. These
programs are intended for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of
children with hearing and vision problems.
A vision testing program must meet per state requirements and be
provided under the direction of qualified personnel such as school
nurses, licensed ophthalmologists, and optometrists.
FoxNews.com, March 05, 2013
Technology is changing the way we view the world, and the American
education system is no exception.
With as many as one in four children living with undiagnosed vision
disorders that may be affecting their performance in school, it’s more
important than ever for kids to get screened early.
Robin Raskin, February 14th, 2013
When I went to school vision and hearing testing were just another
part of the indignities suffered. For the school, it was one more item
added to the over-worked school nurse’s plate. And for all of us, the
ubiquity of the standard eye-chart is almost indelibly inscribed in our
Today, 13 states don’t even have mandatory vision screening in schools.
Others rely on untrained parent volunteers. And for the most part, they
rely on some sort of standard wall chart.
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