Research presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in Chicago reveals that an iPhone app has been used for imaging the inside of the eye in pediatric patients.
The iExaminer smartphone system was used by researchers at the Ross Eye Institute at University at Buffalo in the US. to image a range of retinal and optic nerve conditions in 28 pediatric patients. The system has a PanOptic Ophthalmoscope, which is a lighted instrument to examine the inside of the eye and also includes an adapter that attaches the ophthalmoscope to an iPhone. This will enable taking photos and videos of the required structures within the eye.
"This system could be useful not only to ophthalmologists but also physicians, hospitals and general practitioners," said lead researcher Jiaxi Ding, adding that the ability to capture photos and videos instantly means "there is potential for prompt tele-medicine consultations with an ophthalmologist and getting preliminary triage answers to the patient more quickly than waiting for standard office referral."
The capture, storage and transfer of data is also facilitated by an associated app.