Michelle Stark from WHNT.com wrote about a brand new innovation Stanford University researchers have come up with in the field of eye care. Read on to find out how an iPhone can be used to help increase the functions of devices, such as indirect opthalmoscopes, in conducting eye exams.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – There are a lot of rural areas in the Tennessee Valley and one day, iPhones may help people in those remote communities get better medical care.
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Stanford doctors have found a way to use iPhones for eye care and their technique could have big implications.
Eye exams generally involve using large devices called indirect ophthalmoscopes and slit lamp instruments. They allow doctors to get an up close look at our eyes.
Unfortunately, they have a drawback. As Dr. Dave Myung, resident physician at Byers Eye Institute at Stanford explained to CBS News partner CNET, these complex instruments don’t allow for picture taking.
“If we have some complex findings,” Myung said, “We spend a lot of time describing it in words. Then the next person has to take that and form a picture in their head.”
A team of Stanford University eye doctors think they have a solution. They call it the EyeGo adaptor. The instrument combines many of the items eye doctors already have, including a condensing lens and yes, an iPhone.
A shot of the EyeGo, developed by Stanford researchers. (Image Credit: CNET for CBS News)
This adaptor offers increased function at a low cost - less than $100 per device.
While the EyeGo can’t replace sophisticated medical tech, it could help doctors screen patients at a lower cost in rural communities, catching problems before they become even more serious.
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Before the EyeGo can reach Alabama or Tennessee though, the Food and Drug Administration has to approve the instrument.
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