New retinal imager to prevent diabetes blindness

by emma 30. September 2011 11:59

MB product news

A new, hi-tech retinal imaging system that could help millions of diabetes patients from going blind has been launched in Europe.

EasyScan, developed by eye diagnostics specialist, i-Optics, is easy-to-use and more portable than systems currently used in retinal imaging.

The device aims to diagnose and treat diabetes patients quicker to prevent blindness earlier.

As pupil dilation is not required for diagnosis, the device reduces patients’ waiting times by at least 30 minutes. Patients can also drive immediately after examination.

Jereon Cammeraat, CEO at iOptics, said: “With aging populations and growing obesity, countries everywhere face a rapid increase in diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and other retinal diseases.”

He said that the current technology featuring fundus cameras are “large, exclusive, and expensive, as well as being slow and difficult to use”.

EasyScan’s non-invasive technology consumes little energy and can connect to a PC or laptop via a USB port. Using Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope (SLO) technology, the device can identify clinical features in the retina in the earliest stages, provide better contrast than traditional fundus cameras, and can better penetrate media opacities such as cataract and corneal opacities.

i-Optics is a worldwide eye imaging developer, aiming to develop affordable, quick retinal diagnosis solutions.

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