Diagnostic camera targets human vision

JUNE 12, 2009--A company started by an Indiana University School of Optometry faculty member is nearing completion of a diagnostic camera that could help save the vision of millions of people.

JUNE 12, 2009--A company started by an Indiana University School of Optometry faculty member is nearing completion of a diagnostic camera that could help save the vision of millions of people.

Ann Elsner, director of IU's Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research, believes screening to prevent vision loss and blindness from diabetic retinopathy--one of the most devastating aspects of diabetes --could be expanded to millions of underserved people if a more affordable diagnostic camera was available. Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of vision loss in working adults around the world.

Elsner and her team of researchers are in the final stages of developing such a device. Their laser scanning digital camera would be a trend-maker in the eye care industry, Elsner says. Development of this new diagnostic tool at a reduced cost would ultimately pass savings on to patients and employers.

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