Monday, September 16, 2013

MIT's Android optometry app could help you stop squinting all the time

MIT's Android optometry app could help you stop squinting all the time 





There are several problems with lay individuals using this app. As with most auto-refractors it presumably does a fairly good job in determining an individual's prescription (research is ongoing), but it is probably not useful for all populations (children and patients with special needs may be an issue). Also, it does not take into consideration the special needs and preferences of the patient (work, sports, distance needs, near needs, etc).

The other issue is one of legality. Currently individuals must have a prescription determined by and written by a doctor. Otherwise that prescription cannot be used.

Remember that an eye examination not only includes an individualized prescription as determined by your doctor, but also an assessment of eye health, binocularity and more. A refraction alone is seldom enough to meet most patients' needs.

For more information about technology and eye care see:

DIY Refractions

3D Printing and Optometry

1 comment:

  1. Dom, I've worked with Ramesh and he is working very hard to find ways to bring care to those in developing countries particularly in rural areas. He has also developed an attachment for the iPhone to diagnose the presence of cataract. Check out http://india.media.mit.edu/diy/ where a group of engineering and design students conceived, prototyped and tested devices all in a week's time. 12 doctors, 15 MIT professors and grad students, 100 students and 25 projects. No sleep for a week but some amazing projects that are now moving forward at the L.V. Prasad Eye Hospital Innovation Center. This is all about access to care for so many more people.

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