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By Eesha Javadekar

The computerised retinal exam gives an extremely detailed view of the inside of your eye. This provides your eye doctor with a comprehensive picture of your eye health by digitally scanning and mapping the distinctive fingerprint of your eyes.

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The first of November will see the release of computerised eye testing technology.

The technology is now being tested in clinical settings; nevertheless, in order to enter the commercial market, it will be necessary to get compliance certifications from the country’s health regulatory bodies.

What about getting your eyes evaluated digitally on your computer, with an eyeglass prescription given at the end?

ShopDoc, a health technology firm that was built as part of the Kerala Startup Mission, has committed to launching this across India on November 1, which is celebrated as Kerala Day.

CLEAR, a digital eye care firm located in the United States and founded by Brandon Zimmerman, a former optical scientist for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), debuted their new technology on Thursday at Gitex Global 2022 in Dubai. In partnership with CLEAR, ShopDoc will bring this innovative technology to the United Arab Emirates and India.

ShopDoc Metaverse is now providing a free trial run of the digital eye exam in the United Arab Emirates. We also run the websites Metaverse and ShopDoc in India, and both of them will provide the free trial at the same time. “This is ground-breaking technology that removes the inconvenience of seeing an optometrist or ophthalmologist for a basic eye check,” said Shihab Makaniyil, the inventor of ShopDoc. “This difficulty is typically what inhibits individuals from receiving regular testing,” Makaniyil added. Additionally, the business was the first in the whole globe to provide preventive healthcare services on the Metaverse platform, with a particular emphasis on children, as well as their parents and teachers.

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By the year 2022, ShopDoc Metaverse will have onboarded 360 schools in India and the UAE. This will make it possible for member schools to establish their primary preventive healthcare centre, which will enable member schools to educate, engage, and empower students regarding their own health, fitness, and well-being.

The optical physics-based approach, on the other hand, can only be used for eye examinations and is unable to diagnose any eye-related disorders. Users may log on using their name and email address and then begin the test by positioning themselves around three metres away from the screen of the computer. Before the user can finish the test, which takes between five and eight minutes, they have to pay attention to the instructions, which come in both audio and print form.

Already, the test’s accuracy is between 96% and 97%. Those who are sceptical about the results of a digital eye test may always double-check with an eye doctor in their area by taking the printed or PDF prescription in for an eye exam.

The technology is now undergoing testing in clinical settings; nevertheless, it will need compliance certificates from the country’s health regulatory organisations before it can join the commercial market. Mr. Makaniyil further clarified, “Even if it becomes a paid service, we would price it minimal in order to maintain it cheap.” The price will be as low as we can make it.


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