Vision screening app GoCheck Kids bags $6m Series B funding

Ben Heathcote

In App Deals. April 27, 2019

GoCheck Kids, a smartphone app that screens young children for amblyopia or “lazy eye”, has raised $6 million in Series B funding.

The round was led by FCA Venture Partners and included other new backers Mucker Capital and Sovereign’s Capital, who are joining existing investors Interwest Partners and Marc Benioff.

Designed as a low-cost alternative to dedicated screening hardware, GoCheck Kids is available through a monthly subscription on pre-loaded devices. The app is currently employed by more than 4,500 pediatric teams within the US and Europe.

“Many childhood eye diseases, including amblyopia, myopia (near-sighted), hyperopia (far-sighted), and even retinoblastoma (rare but fatal childhood cancer) are not readily apparent or easily diagnosed by health care professionals,” Dr. David Huang, co-founder and CIO of GoCheck, said in a statement.

“Instrument-based vision screening has proven effective in identifying vision issues in children, however, it is cost-prohibitive for many pediatricians. We are changing this dynamic by bringing pediatric vision screening into the digital age.”

The funding will be used to add artificial intelligence capabilities and electronic health record integrations to the app, the company said in its press release.