By Jill Goetz, College of Engineering
University of Arizona researchers are developing technology that converts smartphones into powerful eye-examining instruments that could prevent millions of people from going blind.
Wolfgang Fink, professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering, is principal investigator of a new project funded by the National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity program to create “smart ophthalmoscopes,” specialized instruments for examining various parts of the eye’s interior. The devices, which can be attached to any smartphone, and accompanying software will enable health care providers, particularly in remote areas, to quickly and easily determine if patients are at risk of losing their vision.
“Our hand-held ophthalmoscopes will permit eye exams in places they would otherwise be impossible,” said Fink, the Edward and Maria Keonjian Endowed Chair and director of the UA Visual and Autonomous... Read Complete Article