Stanford University develops $90 iPhone accessory to replace ophthalmology kit costing tens of thousands

“Researchers at Stanford University’s School of Medicine have developed two low-cost iPhone adapters that provide images of the eye that usually require specialist ophthalmology equipment costing tens of thousands of dollars,” Ben Lovejoy reports for 9to5Mac. “The university hopes that it will be useful both for primary care physicians in the U.S. as well as rural medical centres in developing countries.”

“The device shines a light through the lens of the eyeball which is reflected back, where a magnifying lens focuses an image on the camera, allowing it to capture detailed photos of both the front and back of the eye,” Lovejoy reports. “Images can be almost instantly added to medical records for later review by a specialist, or can be transmitted from a primary care worker in a remote area to a specialist who can provide advice on the medical attention required for an eye injury.”

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  1. This is fantastic news for diabetics. Using diabetic retinopathy it’s possible to diagnose and treat this terrible disease that often leads to blindness.

    1. I’d think it would even be possible to look (in an automated fashion) for evidence of retinopathy so that diabetics could self-check and get early warning. Who wants to wait six months if you can do something about it NOW?

  2. This is sort of neat. The web site actually has a picture of a retina in the background, and the text says it takes a picture of both the front and BACK of the eye. It seems this could be easily developed into a retina scan device for identification. Hope they have it patented.

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