How Smartphones Can Detect Eye Disease

The Hargrave Eye Center’s latest post:

The importance of smartphones is undeniable for today’s society. It would be hard to find a person without a smart device, and it easy to see why since these devices have become quite useful. For example, there is a new app that has just been developed meant to detect an eye disease.

How Does This App Work?

It may sound incredible to hear that an app can be an effective eye tester, but a Swedish study shows that the results of this app were more precise than regular vision tests.

As people age, the eyes begin to change, and some of these changes can end up hurting one’s vision. Sometimes, the changes are subtle but other times the changes are problematic enough to worry anyone who is concerned about the health of their eyes.

One thing that can begin to affect an elderly person is macular degeneration. This issue can distort vision so much that it could make everything blurry given enough time. It is this problem that Swedish scientists were trying to address when they first attempted to create the smartphone application that is going to help test a person’s eyes for this problem.

The app can test a person’s eyes for this issue, record the results, and send the findings to the appropriate eye specialist for further analysis. The app is quite interesting, and it is called MultiBit.

It asks the user to read letters out loud when they are presented. The trick is the letters start to fade for the user, and it is up to the user to figure out what the letters are as the written letter starts to lose focus.

It should be pointed out that there are more than just one of these apps being introduced to the public; for example, there is the Celego, just to name one more. People sometimes have a hard time going to their eye specialist, even though it is important. This app is going to be a great tool for preventative eye care and diagnosis, which is pretty exciting because it means that each individual has an opportunity to care for their eyes more effectively. Then, they can go to their eye specialist for further assistance.

from Hargrave Eye Center |Ocular Health Experts http://bit.ly/2YkrkLU

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