Retinal Imager to Help Diabetes Patients

Zero-dilation EasyScan solution now available in Europe with USA to follow soon

A new, hi-tech retinal imaging solution that can help millions of diabetes patients from going blind has been released in Europe[1]. The groundbreaking system, called EasyScan, has been developed by i-Optics, a specialist eye diagnostics company that is pioneering innovative retina and cornea imaging systems.

Validated with specialists at the Netherlands’ Rotterdam Eye Hospital, EasyScan is a fast and easy-to-use non-mydriatic retinal imaging system that uses advanced Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope (SLO) technology. In addition, EasyScan is less expensive and more portable than the systems currently employed for retinal imaging, so bringing high-end eye-care within reach of far more eye specialists – and their patients. This is good news for diabetes patients everywhere. Early diagnosis and timely treatment are crucial to preventing blindness among the more than 300 million diabetes sufferers worldwide. “With aging populations and growing obesity, countries everywhere face a rapid increase in diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and other retinal diseases,” said Jeroen Cammeraat, CEO at i-Optics. “Unfortunately, the traditional fundus cameras used to diagnose these conditions are large, exclusive, and expensive, as well as being slow and difficult to use. EasyScan has been designed from the ground up to solve all these problems.”

EasyScan offers a number of benefits over fundus cameras: it is fast, easy-to-use, patient friendly and accessible. Weighing less than 7kg and with a footprint smaller than a binder, EasyScan is extremely portable – which means imaging can be brought closer to the patient. It consumes little power and it connects to a PC or laptop via a standard USB connection. EasyScan is based on SLO technology, which brings out clinical features in the retina in the earliest stages, provides better contrast than fundus cameras, and can better penetrate media opacities such as cataract and corneal opacities.

Because pupil dilation is not required – as a confocal camera, EasyScan can image through pupils as small as 2mm – using EasyScan reduces the patient’s waiting time by at least 30 minutes. Patients can also drive home immediately after being examined. Scanning also takes significantly less time. Internal fixation lights, for example, guide the patient’s gaze, enabling the operator to image both the central and nasal field quickly and comfortably. Other time-saving benefits include live image previewing with the option to freeze the image on your computer screen, self-guiding software that eliminates the multitude of settings and controls required by fundus cameras, and automatic focusing. “Add in a full digital workflow for storing, retrieving, archiving and sharing images instantly, and immediate plug-and-play connectivity, and EasyScan truly can be used by anyone, anywhere,” said Cammeraat.

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