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THE APP WILL SEE YOU NOW

THE REVOLUTION IN MOBILE APPLICATIONS IS SHAKING UP THE HEALTHCARE SECTOR AND OPHTHALMOLOGY IS NO EXCEPTION.

THE APP WILL SEE YOU NOW

In the space of a decade, the mobile phone, with an estimated 6.8 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, equivalent to 96 per cent of the world population, has become arguably the fastest-spreading technology in human history.

Medicine in general, and ophthalmology in particular, have lagged behind retail and business services in embracing mobile phone applications, with regulatory and data security concerns partly to blame for the slow uptake.

But that picture is changing rapidly. For Apple’s popular iPhone and iPad, there are currently more than 60 ophthalmology-related applications available for download in the iTunes store, and more are coming on stream all the time. Many of these apps are now also available for download on other smartphone platforms such as Android, Symbian and Windows Phone.

The applications cover a broad range of clinical and educational use, many free, some with a nominal fee and the most expensive for an eye-popping $550. Some apps such as the Eye Handbook seek to offer a one-stop diagnostic and reference tool for ophthalmologists, while a large number of individual testing or screening apps are available for visual acuity, visual field, contrast sensitivity, toric IOL calculations, glaucoma screening and much more.

Reference and educational apps are also in plentiful supply, giving ophthalmologists instant access to texts such as the Atlas of Ophthalmology or Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. More than 3,000 surgical videos can also be consulted on a smartphone via the popular EyeTube application.

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Colin Kerr
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