OPHTHAMOLOGIC HARDWARE DEVICES SIRED BY THE DIGITALIZATION OF MEDICINE
(October, 2012) Imagine Eyes, a company based in France, has developed a new retinal imaging device. The Internet Age continues advances in all areas of imaging, and for ophthalmology, this includes the development of an Adpative Optics Retinal Camera just approved in Europe, just being CE Marked (the equivalent of FDA approval in Europe). This imaging device is sure to improve both therapy and diagnostics in ophthalmology, since it resolves to the CELLULAR LEVEL!!
This new imaging modality is similar to the operation of the Scanning Laser OPphthalmoscopy (SLO), and the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
The Forus “3nethra” Fundus Camera: Eye-Screening Device
Forus Health has introduced a portable, intelligent, non-invasive, non-mydriatic, low cost Fundus camera (eye care device) that helps in pre-screening of five eye diseases namely cataract, diabetic retina, glaucoma, cornea issues as well as refractive index measurements. It has a retinal camera with inbuilt refractometer that captures the images of the retina and, through it’s image processing algorithm, generates an automatic report about the problem it has detected. The report is generated within 5 minutes of screening process, carries information on both retinal images and a brief about the problem diagnosed. The quality of the images is excellent for pre-screening and screening purposes.
The device can be further integrated with remote diagnosis systems like telemedicine and can help a patient to get screened in a remote condition. 3nethra was developed with the sole aim of taking mass pre-screening away from hospitals so that doctors spend time on needy patients.
So, much like the Vscan has been used in Malaysia to screen for obstetrical fetal problems, and cardiac valve problems, you do not have to have a specialist manning the hardware, but a healthcare worker can be schooled in this technology, and can send images to a remote ophthamologist, if needed, for more definitive care. It is proven to be very valuable in a country like India, where eye docs are rare; there is one for every 60,000 people!!
For more info, go HERE
Eyepiece adapter for the iPhone. You can plug in your iPhone 4 or 4s and take high definition pictures and video. Equipped to adapt to most slit lamps on the market today. (to see some examples of pictures taken with the iPhone and the slit lamp adaptor, go HERE)
Adjustable Lenses on Glasses
A very competitive field today is the medical device of adjustable lenses on glasses, that act like an adjuster on binoculars. See the following video which explains it