Hyderabad, March 17, 2017: The novel innovation in the field of medical has been regarded as a boon for billions of people facing eye impairments. The invention is called ‘Foldable Phoropter’- a mere foldable cardboard tube which makes the eye testing much simpler in the developing countries. The device is created by the Srujana Center for Innovation, L V Prasad Eye Institute (Hyderabad).
The disposable, open-source device is a palm-sized invention conventionally used as an ophthalmologist’s tool to sift for refractive errors like short or long sightedness. The invention inspired by Google Cardboard and Dr. Manu Prakash’s Foldscope.
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The sole intention of the project is to help diagnose the errors quickly and cheaply in the less financially efficient areas. Ashish Jain, an industrial designer with Srujana Center for Innovation at L V Prasad Eye Institute along with the institute’s team of optometrists, vision scientists and engineers have originated a unique paper device which can detect a refractive error – one of the most common causes of blindness.
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As per the World Health Organization, 153 million live vision impairment to uncorrected refractive errors. Visual impairment can have ill-effects on children and adults such as dropped educational and employment opportunities and diminished quality of life. The further findings insinuate that approximate of 670 million people worldwide do not have spectacles or adequate correction, covering 517 million with near vision impairment and 153 million with distance vision impairment. Out of 517 million people without spectacles for near vision correction, 410 million are dissuaded from performing near-vision tasks and activities.
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The Folding Phoropter is aiming to rural low-income communities.The phoropter appears like a telescope and is measured using the most common refractive error ranges. The test on the device was carried on 100 people and it showed a strong correlation between its reading and those taken with a clinical setting with the usual ophthalmologist tools. The device is easy to assemble and anyone can build their own following the instructions.
USAGE OF FOLDABLE PHOROPTER
The lenses require being located in their assigned positions and folded along the lines. The two parts line up inside one another, resembling a telescope. The patient needs to look through the device from the fixed distance and move the outer chamber inwards until the image just comes into focus.
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Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter @Nainamishr94