Posted by: Hourglass PJ10 OCT 2012
Most blind people with treatable eye conditions live in developing countries where access to healthcare is limited. However, the promise of more accessible diagnosis and treatment is offered by a modified smartphone developed by Andrew Bastawrous, who has won this year’s Medical Research Council Mark Perutz award.
The phone measures vision, checks refractive error, takes photographs of the back of the eye (for the identification of diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy) and checks for the presence of cataract.
The data produced by the phone can be shared with specialists anywhere in the world to provide diagnosis and treatment plans even in remote locations. Individuals can be located on a Google map and contacted to arrange treatment.
The phone is to be tested in a study involving 5,000 people in which the results will be compared with those obtained from detailed examinations using the standard equipment in hospital.