FDA approves software for iPhone-based vision test

“The FDA recently gave clearance to Vital Art and Science Inc. (VAS) to market software which enables people with degenerative eye conditions such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy to monitor their vision at home with their iPhone,” Yoni Heisler reports for TUAW.

“The software, which is called myVisionTrack, isn’t a replacement for regular visits to the doctor, but rather allows patients to keep tabs on their vision in between visits with eye care professionals,” Heisler reports. “‘Using a proprietary patented shape-discrimination hyperacuity (SDH) test, myVisionTrack enables patients to regularly assess their vision function. The device stores test results, tracks disease progression and automatically alerts a healthcare provider if it suspects significant deterioration of visual function in the patient.'”

Heisler reports, “Notably, the FDA clearance is only applicable when the software is run on an iPhone 4S. Consequently, the software won’t be available as a general download and will only be pre-loaded onto iPhone 4S devices by the company. That said, VAS hopes that a downloadable version of the software will become available sometime in the future.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Pete” for the heads up.]

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