D-EYE is a portable retinal imaging system recently launched in Southern Africa as an mHealth solution to diagnose sight-threatening conditions.

The retinal examiner is an add-on the size of a mobile phone cover that turns an iPhone or Android smartphone into a fundus camera capable of taking high-definition images and video of the eye for health screening and evaluation.

D-EYE was designed by ophthalmologist and Ph.D. candidate researcher at the University of Brescia in Italy, Dr Andrea Russo, as a solution to identify a variety of eye health conditions, including the leading causes of blindness: glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.

“We are excited to help millions of people, many in underserved populations, receive proper eye care with our low-cost retinal screening capability,” said D-EYE CEO, Richard Sill.

The FDA registered portable ophthalmoscope is capable of digitally imaging the fundus of the eye, and offers an up to 20-degree field of view for easy observations, including the optic nerve, without any disturbing corneal glare.

The fundus camera can be used in any setting by a variety of health professionals ranging from ophthalmologists, optometrists, neurologists, general practitioners, emergency physicians, and pediatricians to school nurses, EMTs, and others.

The app provides step-by-step instructions, contains a glossary of conditions of the eye, archives all examinations performed on patients, and allows the examiner to email or upload images for review by appropriately trained medical specialists. Additionally, the device’s imaging capabilities allow for medical professionals to have dialogues with their patients – offering up visuals in real-time to easily explain diagnoses.

“D-EYE’s telemedicine applications will transcend traditional spatial boundaries, allowing specialists worldwide to assist and collaborate on diagnoses, which is especially impactful in areas where resources are limited or when patients are unable to travel,” continued Still.

D-EYE’s HIPAA-compliant ImageVault™, which will be available from December 2015, also will offer a subscription-based cloud platform service to enable storing and sharing images among medical professionals, promoting telemedicine applications.

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