Tele-manufactured affordable smartphone anterior segment microscope

Clin Exp Optom. 2016 Nov;99(6):580-582. doi: 10.1111/cxo.12381. Epub 2016 Jun 12.


The recent advances in mobile technology have made the smartphone a powerful and accessible tool. This article describe the development of a novel smartphone-based anterior segment microscope that is compatible with tele-manufacturing. The anterior segment microscope is equipped with both cobalt-blue and red-free filters that can be used for clinical photo-documentation. The digital files of the microscope are transferrable and compatible with additive-manufacturing. Therefore, the entire device can be locally manufactured with rapid prototyping techniques such as 3D printing.

Keywords: cornea; smartphone; telemedicine.

MeSH terms

  • Anterior Eye Segment / cytology*
  • Humans
  • Microscopy / instrumentation*
  • Smartphone* / economics
  • Telemedicine*