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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 155

Adopting new technology

Department of Opthomology, Little Flower Hospital and Research Centre, Angamaly, Kerala, India

Date of Web Publication2-May-2017

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Ashok Nataraj
Department of Opthomology, Little Flower Hospital and Research Centre, Angamaly, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/kjo.kjo_30_17

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Nataraj A. Adopting new technology. Kerala J Ophthalmol 2016;28:155

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Nataraj A. Adopting new technology. Kerala J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2016 [cited 2021 May 6];28:155. Available from: http://www.kjophthal.com/text.asp?2016/28/3/155/205429

Dear Friends,

After an eventful month of scientific programs including our annual national conference, it is indeed a pleasure to be meeting you with yet another issue of Kerala Journal of Ophthalmology. Technology is progressing by leaps and bounds and nothing can ever be taken for granted. As care providers, it is our duty to provide the latest technology to the needy for the best of outcomes. Technology comes at a cost. Now, we cannot imagine an ophthalmic practice without optical coherence tomography. Who would have imagined such a state 30 years ago when a slit lamp itself was a luxury? Here lies the point of contention. Is it right that we burden our patients with all this and increase the cost of treatment? These equipment definitely improve outcomes and prognostication. It is impossible for us to do away with all this and take a negative stand.

Our aim must be to simplify!! The principles of all these gadgets exploit the laws of nature to our advantage. With advances in technology, the tools available to do so are also becoming simplified and affordable. Hence, it is time we revisit all our so-called ophthalmic technology and modify them so that it is accessible to all. A simple example of this is the smartphone fundus camera.[1] By attaching a home-made simple adaptor to a smartphone, we are able to take fundus pictures like any costly fundus camera. It can be now taken to the remotest village for patient screening, a true revolution in teleophthalmology. I am sure it is going to replace RetCam for retinopathy of prematurity screening soon. This is of particular relevance in a country like India where medical care givers are concentrated more in cities and very less in villages. Technology adaptation has been going on in India for quite sometime. The cost of retinal lasers and a slit lamp is very less in India thanks to many Indian companies who have been doing this for quite sometime.

The next step should be to refine. We need places where these innovative ideas can flower and become a reality. As ophthalmologists, we are far away from switchboards and circuits. There are start-up villages and technology innovation centers which will help tell us how well we can realize our innovation at a practical level. There are technicians who will do this work for us at a very nominal fee. It is time we shed all our fears and inhibitions and get on with it.

“Rome was not built in a day,” but a start, that is all it takes to make it BIG.


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Raju B, Raju NS. Initial experience with DIYretCAM – A do-it-yourself retinal camera. Kerala J Ophthalmol 2016;28:53-5.  Back to cited text no. 1
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