25 May 2016

Research Studies

D-EYE Retinal Screening System Presented at the SGIM Conference

Using the D-EYE lens with a smartphone to perform funduscopic examinations proves to be a promising teaching tool for residents

PADOVA, Italy and PASADENA, Calif. — May 25, 2016— D-EYE, innovative pioneer and leader of advanced devices for mass health screenings and data analytics, is pleased to announce the findings of a recent study led by Dr. Claudia Campos at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The D-EYE Smartphone-based Retinal Imaging System was examined by a team of physicians to determine if the system was a beneficial alternative for residents in comparison to the traditional ophthalmoscope. A poster presentation displaying the results of the study, which concluded that using smartphone technology to perform funduscopic examinations is a promising teaching tool, was given at the Society of General Internal Medicine’s annual conference, May 11-14.

During the course of the study, D-EYE was used with iPhone 5/6 and Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones and compared to the traditional portable ophthalmoscope.  Using D-EYE, most residents were able to capture the optic disk during their very first attempt following the D-EYE app’s instructions. No students selected to practice the examination using the traditional ophthalmoscope.  “We have known for some time that funduscopic retinal examinations are underutilized in the primary care setting due to lack of operator proficiency,” said Dr. Campos.  “Residents use their smartphones every day, so it was fun to see them pick up this new technique so quickly.  A great deal can be learned about the health of a patient with retinal screening, so making it easier for physicians to perform the exam with a tool they are comfortable using just makes sense,” she commented.

The World Health Organization estimates that close to 300 million people globally suffer from vision loss, yet 80% of all visual impairments could have been prevented or cured with earlier intervention.  Diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration are on the rise due to the growth in our aging population.   A low cost, portable solution such as D-EYE can expand the availability of screenings due to its mobility, helping to screen more people, especially if primary care physicians are comfortable using such a device.

 “We are so pleased that Wake Forest Baptist decided to introduce D-EYE to their students,” said D-EYE CEO Richard Sill.  “These advances in technology now allow the healthcare community to capture, store, and transfer images of the retina, making D-EYE a suitable telehealth solution for all kinds of physicians and medical professionals anywhere in remote or rural areas,” he added.

The smartphone-based digital ophthalmoscope, D-EYE, easily attaches to iOS and Android devices via a specially designed, lightweight bumper. D-EYE uses the principle of direct ophthalmology—utilizing the phone’s camera lens and LED light source, which is off-axis from the camera aperture, to illuminate the interior of the eye for examination, resulting in no corneal glare. When the pupil is dilated, the device captures a field of view of approximately 20 degrees in a single fundus image at a distance of 1 cm from the patient’s eye. When examining an undilated eye, the field of view is approximately 5-8 degrees. Panning the lens during examinations, while using the video function, greatly expands the coverage area.

The Wake Forest Baptist study consisted of a workshop reviewing retinal pathologies and funduscopic techniques with 28 participants.  It was concluded that the D-EYE app was user friendly; little instruction was needed by facilitators and the product was enthusiastically received by residents. 

For more information on the D-EYE smartphone-based retinal imaging system, please visit www.d-eyecare.com.

D-EYE Media Contact
Heather Hewit

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Media Contact
Marguerite Beck

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