Effective Low-Cost Ophthalmological Screening With a Novel iPhone Fundus Camera at Community Centers.

TitleEffective Low-Cost Ophthalmological Screening With a Novel iPhone Fundus Camera at Community Centers.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsCheng D, Babij R, Cabrera D, Yuan M, Port A, McKenney ASophia, Zhu J, Van Tassel S, Imperato-McGinley J, Sun G
Date Published2022 Aug

Ophthalmologic care is inaccessible to many people due to a variety of factors, including the availability of providers, cost of equipment for ophthalmologic care, and transportation to clinics and appointments. Because many causes of blindness are both highly prevalent and preventable once identified, it is essential to address gaps in care for underserved populations. We developed a novel 3D-printed mobile retinal camera. In this study, we organized recurring student-run screening events around New York City that took place in community centers and churches, at which we utilized our device to take retinal images. Our screening events reached a diverse population of New Yorkers, disproportionately those with lower household income, many of whom had not had recent eye exams. To validate the device for use in telehealth ophthalmologic visits, we transmitted the images to a remote ophthalmologist for evaluation and compared the result with an on-site attending physician's dilated eye exam. The subjective assessment indicated that 97% of images captured with the mobile retinal camera were acceptable for telehealth analysis. Remote image assessment by achieved 92% sensitivity and 83% specificity in detecting optic disc cupping, compared to the gold-standard on-site dilated eye exam. In addition, the device was portable, affordable, and able to be used by those with relatively little ophthalmologic training. We have demonstrated the utility of this affordable mobile retinal camera for telehealth ophthalmologic evaluation during community screening events that reached an underserved population to detect disease and connect with long-term care.

Alternate JournalCureus
PubMed ID35990564
PubMed Central IDPMC9389029

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