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Startup turns the iPhone into a portable optometrist office for quick field eye exams and prescriptions

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Startup turns the iPhone into a portable optometrist office for quick field eye exams and prescriptions

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It looks like each week there's one other revolutionary use of smartphones with the potential to vary the best way we do issues. Smart Vision Labs has created such an invention with the assistance of the iPhone and its low-mild H-megapixel digital camera.  In brief, what it does is allow is fast and cheap eye prescription analysis with a transportable lens hooked as much as an iPhone. The invention permits docs to hold round of their pockets what used to require a go to to the optometrist’s workplace.

This week, we spoke with Smart Vision Labs co-founder Marc Albanese. Check out our interview and demo within the video under.

On a current journey to Haiti, Marc and his group have been capable of arrange a subject optometrist’s workplace the place they have been capable of diagnose eye prescriptions in round one minute per affected person. Not solely was an order of magnitude extra environment friendly, it was particularly helpful for teenagers who aren’t all the time prepared to take a seat by means of the traditional routine eye examination.

I discovered myself in a rural village in Haiti, packed inside a crowded van with sixteen different volunteers – all exhausted from a full day of imaginative and prescient exams. My colleague, Greg Van Kirk, and I have been bodily drained however mentally invigorated. As a part of the refraction group, Greg and I helped to refract almost 250 group members over a six hour time frame, and we have been rewarded with the smile of a lady seeing clearly for the primary time, probably in her entire life. In the method, we efficiently subject examined our smartphone-based mostly autorefractor (the SVOne), one thing we've got been working in the direction of during the last two years. Experiencing firsthand the demand for imaginative and prescient providers in Haiti offered our staff with large validation that our efforts over the previous two years have been nicely spent.

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Marc and his staff might be on the Vision Expo West this weekend demonstrating their system and yow will discover out extra concerning the product on the Smartvision Labs website.

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