Mobile Eye Doctor

Tele-medicine that connects ophthalmologists and people who need ophthalmic care.

"MS1"-Smartphone Mounted Ophthalmology Diagnostic Device

We have made the core function of slit lamp microscope found in ophthalmology clinics into compact-size mountable to smartphones. Stabilizing the device at the forehead made difficulty focusing with existing slit lamp microscope easy and people without previous ophthalmic experience to take photos of eyes possible.

App for non-ophthalmology clinicians

Asking questions listed on the app to patients allow people to interview the same way as ophthalmologists usually do. Patients' information, interview results, and pictures of eyes get uploaded to the cloud through the app which may be used to consult with ophthalmologists. (Android compatible)

Website for ophthalmologists

Ophthalmologists verify interview results and pictures of eyes, then they give advices back.

To operate slit lamp microscope found in ophthalmology clinics (a device which patient put their chin on the platform for ophthalmologist to assess patient's eyes in real time), one must go through at least one year of training. However, what makes MITAS Medical "MS1" special is how it enables clinicians without any ophthalmic knowledge to operate the device and produce quality pictures with little training. I strongly believe that "MS1" along with the app can target households in rural areas/remote islands where ophthalmologists could not reach by themselves.
Hajime Aibara (The Department of Ophthalmology, the University of Tokyo)
Hajime Aibara (The Department of Ophthalmology, the University of Tokyo)

Mobile Eye Doctor Example cases

Contributing to ophthalmology in developing countries

In the world, there are countries and areas where ratio of ophthalmologist is less than one in 200 thousand (200,000) people (the ratio in Japan is one in 10 thousand (10,000) people) or due to geographical factors (big land and mountainous areas) resulting in difficulties accessing ophthalmology services.
36 million people around the world lose eyesights from preventable eye diseases, and it is predicted that the number will increase over the years. We are working hard to install our services collaborating with general clinics in specific areas/villages and ophthalmologists in the city within the developing countries in hopes to combat the situation. (User A)

Providing Japanese medical services across borders

By connecting people outside of Japan who want to consult with Japanese clinicians, we aim to assist in providing medical services for patients to access from anywhere in the world.

*Preliminary research was conducted before installation of the services.

Contributing to ophthalmology in rural areas/remote islands

There are still more than 1000 areas without clinicians nor ophthalmologists even in Japan as a medically advanced country. Our service can be used seamlessly especially in the areas with a lack of ophthalmologists as our device is easily operated by clinicians without ophthalmic knowledge to produce appropriate interview results and pictures. (User B)

Accuracy and speed are required for ophthalmology on remote island. Many factors need to be considered when referring patients on remote island to ophthalmologists on main island such as burdens on the patients at the time of transportation or operational information of airplanes and ships influenced by weather, etc. Even though general training is provided before working in the clinic at the remote island, it is not enough to provide appropriate services. There are times when I consulted with ophthalmologist over the phone but their busy schedule needed to be considered and were very limited over the phone. There was also limitation in taking pictures using a smartphone as well. Therefore, easy operation, sending/receiving quality pictures through an app, and consultation with ophthalmologist are factors that make this device special. (Clinician at remote island)

Cases with animals (at veterinaries, etc)

This MITAS service can be used for animals due to its light-weight mobile characteristics. (User C)

One of the biggest characteristics for this MITAS device is the fact that it saves same quality photos as actual slit lamp microscope via smartphone. This function makes informed consent towards the owner and forwarding the photos to get second opinion easy. Smartphone data makes easy output and without a hustle of using a memory card as in using a digital camera. It might not be enough for those specialized in ophthalmology, but it is highly recommended for someone like me who is interested in ophthalmology and want to diagnose by sharing information. (Veterinarian)