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Doctor invents affordable and accessible ophthalmic equipment

Shared by Shuyue Zhang on 2018-03-12 15:50

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Dr. Hong Sheng Chiong is an ophthalmologist in New Zealand. During the clinical practices in Kenya and Nepal, Dr. Hong was shocked by the limited tertiary eye care as well as poor hygiene and conditions of local hospitals and clinics. “It is far too often we see patients being mistreated for their eye conditions at the community level”, he said.

So the doctor developed insight of fighting with preventable blindness, and realized there was an urgent need of a cheap and accessible solution to eliminate the gap for eye care in the primary sector – a portable eye detection device available at the primary eye clinics globally, especially those in the regions with limited economic and medical conditions.

Dr. Hong believes that a picture of the eye is always better than a thousand words. He was considering using the smartphone as a diagnostic tool for eye. He learned product design and coding by himself, and experimented on fish eyes, his wife and even his son. In 2014, along with a few medical and 3D printing design specialists, Dr. Hong co-founded oDocs, a social enterprise start-up helping optometrists identify eye damage and restore eyesight to the blind with smartphones. The group managed to come up with a functional prototype smartphone-based retinal camera.

The invention, oDocs Fundus, is the first open source smartphone ophthalmoscope in the world. Anyone can print out the components and assemble them into a smartphone adaptable retinal imagine device. The price as lower than 20 USD, only 1% of the cost of professional devices. The product design had been downloaded by over 10,000 ophthalmologists around the world. oDocs has also received numerous awards in New Zealand and in another countries.

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Dr. Hong Sheng Chiong was born in 1987, in Malaysia, is an an eye doctor in New Zealand. In order to provide accurate early diagnosis for the regions where primary eye care is limited, he has invented affordable eye imaging adapters that can be used in conjunction with a mobile application to diagnose and monitor eye diseases.

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