New Zealand based social enterprise, oDocs Eye Care has officially launched its 3D printed smartphone based ophthalmic devices.
The two products, visoScope and visoClip, allow for images to be taken of the retina using an iPhone. It is hoped that the open source devices will benefit those in developing countries that have little access to professional eye care. It is hoped that the project will have measurable impact as the main causes of blindness are preventable with proper medical care. The devices were developed by co-founders Dr. Hong Sheng Chiong and Dr. Benjamin O’Keeffe.
The two ophthalmic devices have been created to work with a specially developed iPhone application, oDocs Capture. With accessibility and affordability a major part of the mission behind oDocs, the team turned to 3D printing to create the devices. Additionally, it was for these reasons that oDocs made the devices open source to allow for any clinician to download and print them. Dr. Hong explains this concept and how the devices compare to their professional counterparts,
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