NEW YORK – Canon USA introduced a system that enables its nonmydriatic retinal camera to be transported to different locations or used in smaller rooms, according to Tom Russo, Canon regional sales manager for eye care.
Russo told Primary Care Optometry News here at Vision Expo East that the system includes a retinal camera and small laptop that can be placed into a travel case as well as a small table.
Canon retinal cameras include auto functionality, an EOS-dedicated high-resolution digital camera, a retinal camera mode for pupil sizes down to 3.3 mm and imageSpectrum software that includes red-free and opacity suppression digital filters.
Ben Szirth, PhD, a consultant to Canon who specializes in retinal diseases, told PCON that he has been using this system in outreach programs for underserved patients to evaluate them for vision-threatening diseases.
In addition to taking the system to soup kitchens and shelters through Rutgers University, he also participates in the Friends for Life program, where children with type 1 diabetes from around the world are brought to Disney World for a week.
He said he brings ophthalmology and optometry students from Rutgers and the State University of New York College of Optometry to Orlando through a mission program to help him screen the children participating in the Friends for Life program.
Szirth also took the system to Puerto Rico after the recent hurricane to help screen homeless residents, he said, after many of the doctors left the island. – by Nancy Hemphill, ELS, FAAO
Disclosures: Russo is employed by Canon. Szirth is a consultant to Canon.