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An easy to use diagnostic system for remote eye assessment

'In our discussions with international partners both commercial and clinical, the hospital's reputation has given the product immediate credibility.'
Richard Walmsley, CEO, Ingeneus 

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  • Government funding has allowed Ingeneus to develop a comprehensive ophthalmic diagnostic system that is easy to use.

An easy to use diagnostic system for remote eye assessment

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The Challenge

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital undertakes most of Victoria’s public health eye surgery and special eye surgery. It also operates the only specialist Ophthalmology Emergency Department.  As ophthalmology is one of the more expensive specialties due to the cost of equipment and devices, a number of rural and regional areas have limited access to public ophthalmic services.

The Eye and Ear Hospital wanted to address the imbalance in access to quality eye care across the state by providing a solution that is easy to use for clinicians with non-ophthalmic backgrounds and which also sends quality images and information to another location, allowing diagnoses and treatment plans to be made remotely.

The Solution

Ingeneus is a medical technology company with significant experience in the design, development prototyping, clinical testing, regulatory approval and manufacture of medical technology. Ingeneus, with input from the Eye and Ear Hospital, has developed a three component system comprising a slit lamp microscope and telecommunications (telemedicine) capability – the eyeConnect device, and a tonometry measurement capability – the eyeOP tonometer.

This system provides low cost, easy to use diagnostic instruments and blazes a new trail in Ophthalmic Asynchronous Telemedicine.

This project was funded under the Victorian Government's Market Validation Program (MVP). The new Driving Business Innovation Program builds on the MVP.

The result

Both the eyeConnect device and the eyeOP tonometer components will be manufactured in Victoria and can be used remotely and by non-ophthalmic specialists.