A Smart Phone App Detects the Vision Problems in Kids

A Smart Phone App Detects the Vision Problems in KidsBuffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences has researchers who made use of a smart phone application for imaging back side of the eyes, or the fundus. It is particularly for those patients that can be a little challenging to inspect thoroughly like the new born kids. This iExaminer adapter’s development and marketing is done by WelchAllyn. With this instrument, these UB researchers blend the PanOptic ophthalmoscope with the iPhone system to immediately record photos & videos of this fundus. This ophthalmoscope is a conveyable lighted device used for looking deep into the human eye.

The findings on these were presented early the week by UB researchers. It was during poster assembly and in news conference of the annual meet of the Chicago’s American Academy of Ophthalmology. The normal fundus cameras accommodate the adult patients. These instruments are costly and available at selected eye clinics only. According to Jiaxi Ding, their group focused on investigating a different method of imaging fundus to serve the patients that might be quite young or ill for holding a pose for traditional cameras. She is a medical resident of UB at Ophthalmology Department and Ross Eye Institute. Ding and her associate researcher Matthew based their relevant project on over 20 pediatric patients of their own clinic and also at Buffalo’s Women & Children’s Hospital.

According to Ding, they studied various kids ranging from healthy, medically delicate and hyper energetic ones at intensive care sections. It allowed them to gather data on retinal and optical nerve findings. ROP or retinopathy of prematurity is defined as a disease which may lead to loss of vision among kids and requires laser treatment, most probably, expressed Ding. She further added that it should be better when they’ll show the parents of new born baby about the eye condition through a photo and the iExaminer device would serve the purpose.

Matthew, an assistant professor at UB’s Ophthalmology Department advocates the method reflecting on an old saying. He has observed something, says the professor, after dealing with ophthalmology residents regularly, family medical residents and rotated medical students. iExaminer device is quite useful to provide medical documentation which helps with the follow on the patients. In the recent AAO meeting, many international attendees were interested in UB’s findings. According to Ding, this device helps them achieve cost effective and high quality imaging placed at their bedside.

This system is designed to capture the main structures of the eye’s back portion through a single perspective. It won’t require drops for dilating the eye. According to Matthew, it is a preferable option for the physicians for unspecialized eye care at emergency departments and intensive care. The technology of iPhone allows immediate electronic transmission of the consultation and images within physicians through telemedicine. It also helps in recording, storing and sharing the collected data. Researchers at UB were also funded through any unrestricted grant from the research for preventing blindness at UB’s Ophthalmology Department.

Author Bio: Tony Rollan provides consulting services to VSI (http://www.patternless.com/) and he is an author of many articles on all types of optical and ophthalmic equipment. Author talks about medicine,  health, alternative healing, sport and wellbeing.

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