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Smart Optometry Among Health Pioneers in Amsterdam!

17 November 2017 / by Matic Ozebek

At the end of October, Smart Optometry was among 100 best healthcare startups being presented at Health Pioneers conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This conference is the ultimate meeting point for innovators advancing digital healthcare across Europe and beyond and brings together major healthcare startups, innovators, corporations and investors.

During the 2-day event, we had an amazing opportunity to meet and discuss the challenges of health sector, especially what are the main challenges that face new startups entering this industry. It became apparent that talent and knowledge are the main strengths that startups bring to the table, while a lot still has to be done in regards to addressing the regulatory demands in this field.

Smart Optometry, with both Smart Optometry vision screening application for eye care professionals as well as with AmblyoPlay vision therapy for children with binocular vision dysfunctions (such as lazy eye), joined the lively discussion emphasising the role of preventive medicine and timely intervention to avoid much more severe health problems in the future. The decision to venture into children health care with AmblyoPlay using new technologies and offering remote supervision to the physicians, while maintaining product user friendly and highly intuitive, was lauded as a great example of keeping solutions simple for the users with complexity running in the background.

Although the 1-on-1 meetings were scheduled throughout the whole day, the main stage offered many interesting lectures and presentations by already well established startups. Statements like that of Johannes Schildt co-founder of market-leading Swedish video doctor platform KRY: »90% of primary healthcare will be moving online,« or “Data is going to be the foundation of the transformation in health care,” by Bart de Witte, Director of Digital Health in the DACH region for IBM Germany only further emphasised that the future of healthcare is in digital and that it will be driven by personalised and customised approaches based on the data. Bart de Witte further emphasised this importance: »Going forward we need to start thinking in terms of a platform economy, stop using data protection as an excuse to block innovation and put more money into the market. And there’s going to be a huge battle to become the platform that’s a kind of Google for health data.«

 

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Smart Optometry Presents: AMBLYOPLAY – therapy for children with lazy eye!

15 September 2017 / by Matic Ozebek

Smart Optometry Ltd is proud to present our latest product which addresses a serious issue of children with lazy eye: amblyoplay!

amblyoplay is a gamified vision therapy for children with amblyopia, primarily targeting children between 4 and 14 years of age. It is our answer to this grave problem that according to latest UK studies affects up to 5 % of the population.

Therapy using amblyoplay is done through fusion training and by playing games using either eye patch (when binocularity is in its infant stages) or red / green filter glasses which shows partial complementary image to both eyes, thus requiring coordinated work by both eyes to be able to progress in the game.

amblyoplay is being developed by Smart Optometry team in cooperation with international experts and eye care specialists from Germany and Slovenia. It is entering clinical testing and is schedule to become publicly available in first quarter of 2018.

Learn more about amblyoplay at: www.amblyoplay.com
Learn more about lazy eye (or amblyopia) at: www.amblyoplay.com/amblyopia.html

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Smart Optometry app v3.2 is available to download on Apple App Store and Google Play. App support all iPhone and iPad models running iOS 8.0 or later and Android devices running Lollypop.
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What to expect next in the Eye Care Tech Industry

20 March 2017 / by Matic Ozebek

With the rise in sophisticated technologies, ophthalmologists and other eye professionals are aided with efficient and effective tools to allow them to offer the highest standards in eye healthcare.

“We are moving into a new age in eye healthcare where advances in imaging technology are enabling opticians to spend less time taking measurements, and more time analysing the findings and providing patients with a tailored management plan,” said. Catherine Chisholm, former president of the British Contact Lens Association, in an interview with Raconteur.

Dr. Chisholm added, “Instruments for measuring the pressure inside the eye or photographing the back of the eye, for example, are now so automated and user-friendly that other members of staff can be trained in their use, further freeing up valuable consultation time for the patient.”

However, the future has more technological advancements in store for the eye care industry. Read on below what find out what to expect next in the eye healthcare industry.

Mobile health tools for professionals and patients

As mobile devices become an indispensable technology in today’s world, developers will find a way to maximize smartphones and tablets in enhancing eye care services, both on from the provider and patient’s end.

Ophthalmologists and eye care professionals are now aided with innovative tools that make eye examinations efficient and more accurate. Smart Optometry is a new technology that leverages Android and iOS devices in assisting doctors through eye examinations, patients with eye therapy, and the general public in monitoring their eye health and preventing eye damage.

Soon, it’s probably that we will see doctors carrying head-mounted displays with ophthalmic technologies that could replace the ones used in clinics. By then, doctors will be able to provide eye health assistance, even to those in remote areas.

While ophthalmic mobile apps are convenient and efficient, they cannot replace clinical judgment. It’s still necessary to have a regulation of mobile apps partnered with evidence-based trials to benefit both patients and healthcare providers.

Wearables for eye care

Aside from smartphones and health apps, wearables are becoming a vital tool in managing health. They do more than just track vital signs, as the next wave of wearable devices will be able to assist people in fixing some of their health problems, such as correcting eye issues.

At the moment, smartwatches offer almost the same features as their paired handsets. Tech resource O2 cited some of the known benefits of wearables including alarm clocks, sleep monitors, activity trackers, health data managers, gaming platforms, restaurant recommendations, notifications, maps and more.

“Whether you want to catch up on the news, make sure you’re staying active or even play soothing noises to help you sleep, there’s all sorts that a smartwatch can help you with,” as explained on O2’s inspirational hub article ‘Day with a smartwatch’.

Due to innovation, future wearables will be smarter, more powerful, and will be better at monitoring health. Take for example, the Smart Contact Lens that many digital tech firms, such as Google, Sony, and Samsung, are working on right now that can help people in correcting their eye problems. This particular wearable fitted with an artificial iris will be able to aid patients with eye injuries and congenital diseases, according to Katherine Bourzac’s IEEE Spectrum article.

Currently, there’s no specific time on when we will be able to see this technology on the market as it faces multiple challenges in the development stage. But, it’s something to look forward to in the future.

Whatever comes next, the latest developments in eye technology are already providing a world of possibilities to enhance patients’ vision and eye care. It is only fitting that we maximize them and future technologies to provide ourselves with the best possible eye care and visual performance available. Whether it’s a technology that aids patients or medical professionals, the future looks very promising at this point.

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Techie Jen B.

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