CONCLUSIONS In this clinical experience it has been verified the feasibility of the

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In this clinical experience it has been verified the feasibility of the Baby-EyePad tool in a population of preverbal patients, such as babies in their firsts days of life.

It can be asserted that the assessment with this method is very rapid, an important characteristic in a clinical setting, where several time constraints can be a limitation to more time consuming examinations, and when we have to work with patients which cannot warrant a prolonged attention. Nevertheless it keeps intact the scientific rigorous conditions used in laboratory FPL tests, which requires a random presentation of stimuli and a masked operator in respect to the content of each single trial.

We can affirm that babies give a good feedback to the instrument during the examination. Furthermore, when the settings of the tablet are preselected correctly for a given age-range, the procedure is very easy to perform and it can be taught to non-specialist clinicians. The instrument is handy and can be used with patients who are in an incubator.

In visual acuity tests, the Baby-EyePad is capable to reproduce, in a population of healthy term-newborns, the acuity values as described in literature, with no statistical difference compared with the mean of this reference population. The good correlation between test and re-test results demonstrates their reliability and reproducibility, an important characteristic for an instrument that has to be used in follow up of patients with visual dysfunctions.

This clinical experience was limited to the assessment of visual acuity, but it is important to note that the Baby-EyePad tool can contain several different visual tests, bringing together tasks for a complete evaluation of visual functions in a single tool which can be used rapidly and easily. Further development of the Baby-EyePad project will provide data for the other visual tasks or from different clinical populations.



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