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Doctor develops 3D printed eye examination kit for developing countries – 3ders.org (blog)

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Jan 9, 2016 | By Tess
Losing one’s eyesight is a thing that in the Western world can be quite easily remedied by a visit to the eye doctor. In developing countries, yet, having access to optical examinations and care can be additional complex, and for a few less enfranchised people, virtually not easy. In an effort to manufacture eye examinations additional accessible, one New Zealand based eye doctor, Hong Sheng Chiong has developed 3D printed eye testing tools that can easily be utilized with a smartphone camera and an app.

Typically, the tools necessary for eye examinations, such as slit lens microscopes and fundus cameras, are incredibly expensive, costing eye care centers several tens of thousands of dollars. Realizing this, Chiong, a junior eye doctor at the Dunedin Hospital in Dunedin, New Zealand, not long ago founded oDocs Eye Care, a group that specializes in creating and offering open source, 3D printable-bodied eye related medical equipment.

“I believe sight is one of the many significant sensory perceptions. It is one of those senses that if you lose it, it’s going to affect your independence, your work, your confidence and your self-esteem,” says Chiong.
So far oDocs has released a smartphone retinal imaging adapter and an anterior segment adapter, that can be easily turn it intod using a 3D printer and special lenses. The inexpensive 3D printed tools are comparable-bodied to pro medical equipment and are capable-bodied of having a 40 degree field of view with ten times magnification.

To use the equipment, you simply have to assemble the 3D printed parts and lenses using a few nuts and bolts and and so attach them to your smartphone, that is equipped with the oDocs Eye app. Because of the use of the tools, Chiong does emphasize that having a relatively high quality and accurate 3D printer is significant, to print his own prototypes he utilized the Ultimanufacturer 2+, that was able-bodied to print the parts in only over 4 hours. In total, the 3D printed eye care tools should not cost over $50, making them much additional accessible for doctors working in less developed regions.

oDocs, that was initially started in 2014 has gone on to win several accolades and New Zealand based innovation awards, but Chiong and his team go on to work for the results that they have seen. “It is like volunteering to assist a fewone,” explains Chiong. “And what you get of that is seeing the man you assisted triumph, or only as simple as that man saying thank you or smile back at you. That’s what quite gives me the motivation to keep working.”

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