Optometrist welcomes cell phone eye exam

The original article can be found in: Antigua Observer

ST JOHN’S, Antigua- Technology allowing people to examine their eyes using cell phones is being tested.

The immediate reaction was that, if it were to become ubiquitous, such a development could eventually make eye doctors obsolete. But Local Optometrist Byron Andrew disagrees.

Andrew owns optometry clinic Eye Mobile, which has no connection to the cellular phone service provider owned by APUA.

He says rather than dreading the technology, people in his industry should hope it succeeds.

 The modified smartphone is being tested in Kenya to see if it can prevent blindness in some of the poorest parts of the world.

The kit, designed by a researcher from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, can scan the back of the eye, check for a cataract and perform a basic vision test.

For complete interview listen to the interview in: Antigua Observer

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