Vision Instruments is developing a cost effective instrument for capturing digital images of the retina (inside surface) of the eye for public health and developing world retinopathy (retinal eye disease) screening programs. This ‘retinal camera’ is non-mydriatic (i.e. does not require pharmacological pupil dilation), portable and will require minimal training for use by paramedic staff.
There is a growing appreciation of the need for retinopathy screening to reduce preventable blindness through early diagnosis of diabetic eye disease, glaucoma and macular degeneration. The Vi retinal camera has a uniquely intuitive alignment system and an autofocus capability to facilitate ease of use by paramedics. It will be robust, sealed against adverse environments and portable for application in remote areas and the developing world. The new retinal camera will be available directly from Vision Instruments at a significantly lower cost than other retinal cameras. Although developed for retinopathy screening, the retinal camera will also be suitable for Optometry and Ophthalmology practices. A first prototype has been completed and the definitive Prototype 2 will be completed by early 2006. The production model Vi R3 retinal camera will be available in the second half of 2006.
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