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The Eye Clinic at the University Hospital Bonn and the Sankara Eye Foundation in India are collaborating to introduce smartphone-based telemedical diabetic retinopathy (DR) screening for people with diabetes living in rural India or in poorer areas of the cities.
Ophthalmologists in Bonn first tested smartphone-based funduscopy in a pilot study with the Sankara Eye Foundation in southern India in 2017, examining 200 patients with diabetes and taking pictures of the patients’ eyegrounds with retrofitted smartphones. The phones were retrofitted for funduscopy by using an adapter to focus the beam path of the camera and the light source in such a way that the mobile phone could be used as an ophthalmoscope. Results of the study…READ MORE