Using automated photo-ophthalmic device (APOD) technology in optometry practice

Dr Simon Barnard discusses how the evolution of handheld technology assists the assessment of the anterior eye and supports contact lens practice

APOD is a term that describes a fully automated facial and eye recognition WiFi enabled handheld camera that serves as a sophisticated diagnostic assistant for the optometrist, contact lens optician and ophthalmologist. Currently the most advanced APOD in terms of functionality is the Volk Eye Check which has been reviewed in the past.1,2

Figure 1: Volk Eye Check in use

Advantages of an APOD

An APOD device (such as the Volk Eye Check) is simple to use and allows the practitioner to:

The Volk device has three clinical modules available, all of which additionally produces mediGrid which will be described below.

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