September 2016
Volume 57, Issue 12
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   September 2016
New Lens Converts Smartphone Into Portable Slit Lamp
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Cristos Ifantides
    DiNOG, Mount Sinai, New York, New York, United States
  • Steven Naids
    DiNOG, Mount Sinai, New York, New York, United States
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    Commercial Relationships   Cristos Ifantides, None; Steven Naids, None
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science September 2016, Vol.57, 1683. doi:
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      Cristos Ifantides, Steven Naids; New Lens Converts Smartphone Into Portable Slit Lamp. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2016;57(12):1683. doi:

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Purpose : Currently, barriers to eye care include cost of equipment, storage space, and inability to collaborate with eye healthcare professionals. This new imaging modality benefits the patient and healthcare provider by providing the necessary tools to do basic eye exams in clinic and at the bedside. Additionally, this is affordable, easily accessible, and allows for real-time photography and videography that can be used via telemedicine to improve access to care.

We present a new imaging modality that couples high resolution imaging with the ability to conduct a comprehensive anterior segment exam by a variety of healthcare professionals.

Methods : A modified macro lens (Easy-Macro Lens) was secured over the camera and light source. High resolution images and videos were obtained using multiple models of iPhone and Android based smartphones and tablets. Gonioscopy and fluorescein eye exams were also successfully attempted without the use of slit lamp biomicroscopy or additional traditional equipment. The resulting images allowed for adequate documentation, collaboration with other eye care providers, and diagnosis of multiple eye conditions.

Results : The results are displayed via the provided images

Conclusions : High resolution photographs and videos can be obtained by both eye healthcare providers and primary care providers. This new technology is extremely affordable, highly portable, easy to use, and increases access to eye healthcare via the potential for collaboration and telemedicine.

This is an abstract that was submitted for the 2016 ARVO Annual Meeting, held in Seattle, Wash., May 1-5, 2016.




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