Studies on robot assisted visual field analysis, online symptom checkers and at-home OCT devices were presented at ARVO
by Andrew McClean

Researchers at the 2018 annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in Honolulu, Hawaii (29 April–3 May) shared insight into the latest advances to treat, diagnose and prevent diseases that cause sight loss.
ARVO president, Claude Burgoyne, said: “These studies highlight how technology is changing the way we study, detect, diagnose and treat ocular and visual system disease. Whether it is with a cell phone or using web-based products, new technologies are impacting vision research and transforming patient care.”

Online symptom checkers

Research into the accuracy of online vision symptom checkers was shared by researchers from McMaster University in Canada.
A total of 42 cases were entered in an online program, which found that just 26% of the cases presented the correct diagnosis, with several cases requiring urgent care identified as non-urgent.
The study’s first author, Michael Nguyen, said: “As more patients present with self-guided research of their eye symptoms, it is important for eye care professionals to be familiar with the capabilities and limitations of popular online symptom checkers.”

Robot interaction

Optometrist Allison McKendrick, from the University of Melbourne, presented findings into a new study that found that patients enjoyed interacting with both human and humanoid robot assistants during standard vision testing.
During the study, visual field analysis was carried out with supervision from human, humanoid robot, computer speaker and no supervision. The study found that replacing a human operator for a robotic one may increase clinical efficiency while maintaining clinical outcomes.
Ms McKendrick said: “Low patient and operator engagement can lead to inaccurate results and a lack of desire to perform the test as often as recommended.”

“These studies highlight how technology is changing the way we study, detect, diagnose and treat ocular and visual system disease”

At-home OCT

Researchers from the University of Kiel in Germany have developed an instrument to monitor the condition of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients at home….
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Source: Optometry Today
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