Cheap Device for Examining Eyes Successfully Tested

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The •	Pocket-sized ophthalmoscope costs about US$8

Somalilandsun – A simple eye examining device that may offer a cheap way to improve
medical care and training in developing countries has been successfully tested in Africa and Pacific island states.

The Arclight is a pocket-sized ophthalmoscope —a medical instrument used to see inside patients’ eyes — equipped with an LED to provide light, a magnifying lens and a rechargeable battery.

The device, which costs around US$8, can help health workers detect eye diseases such as trachoma and glaucoma, as well as foreign objects in the eye, say its developers at NGO the Fred Hollows Foundation in Australia. Continue reading

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