23 June 2017

Research Studies

Retina Times “Ophthalmology Road Testers” Evaluate D-EYE

Retina Times/ASRS
Issue #69 Volume 35, Number 3 - Summer 2017

https://www.asrs.org/retina-times
 
 “Road Test asked 3 ASCRS Colleagues from the US to evaluate and report on the image quality, ease of use, and utility and to offer an opinion on how these products may be of use to retina specialists and other medical specialists.”







Summary Comments from the Road Testers:
 
Jorge A. Fortun, MD
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
University of Miami Miller School of medicine
Miami, Florida
 
“Overall, the D-EYE is a well-executed system for what I consider to be its designed functionality: to serve as a portable, readily accessible, and relatively inexpensive digital direct ophthalmoscope that enables image capture and sharing.”
 
“The D-EYE’s utility as a telemedicine tool for non-ophthalmologists to evaluate patients and adequately direct further ophthalmologic care by sharing findings with ophthalmology colleagues is readily evident.”
 
Amy C. Schefl‚er, MD
Retina Consultants of Houston
Houston, Texas

The good news about the D-EYE is that the quality of the images is excellent in both dilated and, to a lesser extent, undilated pupils”.
 
“The camera does well at imaging the wide spectrum of eyes of varying pigmentation, as well as pathology that does not have much intrinsic contrast.”
 
“Overall, the D-EYE would be most useful as a screening tool for glaucoma suspects in a mobile clinic or primary care doctor’s office. I don’t think it will have a critical role in a retina setting, but could be useful for a very quick glimpse of the macula in a mobile, rural, or developing-country setting.”

Yoshihiro Yonekawa, MD
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

“For the price of 1 New England winter heating bill, the D-EYE can now transform a physician’s smartphone into an ultra-portable fundus camera.”
 
“Dilated examinations are easily performed in clinic, but photo documentation may not be readily available, and the D-EYE makes it possible—whether it’s for following disc cupping or posterior nevi, or for tele-consultations.”
 
“…. primary care providers, hospitalists, neurologists, and emergency room providers will most appreciate the new technology. D-EYE is likely to be an easier and more accurate examination than the direct ophthalmoscope for non-ophthalmologists”
 
“Plus, these images can be documented and forwarded to ophthalmologists for remote consultations. It’s conceivable that glaucoma tele-screenings may benefit from this economical option.”
 
“It’s conceivable that patients may be able to send in images of their optic discs to their ophthalmologists who are overwhelmed by the increasing number of glaucoma patients.”
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