Diabetes is a growing problem in the poorer regions of the world. An important complication is blindness due to damage at the back of the eye. This often affects those of working age. This leads to further economic hardship in countries least able to offer treatment.
Screening for diabetes requires expensive cameras, highly trained staff and reliable internet and electricity supplies. In low income countries it is often impractical to deliver this traditional approach to screening and many people become blind.
We have previously developed an inexpensive, highly portable and solar powered device (Arclight BIO) for looking at the back of the eyes to see signs of disease. We now wish to massively expand screening by equipping and training local eyecare professionals by developing:
- A new grading system diabetic eye disease
- Simulation training eyes
- A teaching mirror and camera for the Arclight BIO
- A new lens to magnify the view of the back of the eye
- Perform a study to see if our new package works amongst eyecare workers in Rwanda
The significance of our research is that massive expansion of DR screening is needed and our package offers the hope to be able to do this.
Associated SFC GCRF funded projects on the St Andrews research portal
- SFC GCRF 2020-21
Contextualised Diabetic retinopathy Training and Screening Package for Low resource Settings
- SFC GCRF 2019-20
Arclight – BIO/ROP Workshop Indonesia
- SFC GCRF 2018-19
Implementation and evaluation of interprofessional ‘Arclight’ ophthalmoscopy training for health care students at the University of Rwanda
- SFC GCRF 2017-18
Development, evaluation and implementation of a binocular indirect ophthalmoscope