The University of Strathclyde developed a low-cost instrument that captures 3D images of the retina, back of the eye and cornea.
Researcher, Dr Mario Giardini, said: ‘The technology has the potential to revolutionise the screening and follow up within the community of conditions such as glaucoma, as any optometrist, anywhere in the world, could afford it. This work makes eye diagnostics more accessible, reducing inequalities.’
Consultant ophthalmologist at NHS Forth Valley, Dr Iain Livingstone, commented that the innovation uses visible light to re-create a high-fidelity 3D representation of eye structures, allowing precise measurements to be taken.
Researchers believe that there are opportunities to detect eye cancer with the 3D eye scanner, that measures solid tumours of the eye through combining the technology with a slit lamp.
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