App and About!
Must-have Mobile Apps for Every PiNoY
Janin Lou Billano, MD and Melissa Anne Santos-Gonzales, MD
Smartphones have become one of the most important necessities in this modern digital age. It has also been a very important clinical tool for physicians across all specialties by providing functions ranging from record-keeping, e-books, mobile diagnostic tools, reviewers and a whole lot more. For us, ophthalmologists, various apps are available on Apple’s App Store and Google Play that will certainly make our practice and training a whole lot easier and meaningful.
1. American Academy of Ophthalmology Related Apps
(Available in App Store and Google Play)
There are 2 apps developed by AAO with different functions and utility.
• AAO Ophthalmic Education App: This app provides free and easy access to videos, news articles, eye wiki contents, weekly quizzes and lectures in various ophthalmologic subspecialties.
• AAO Ebook: This app allows users to access the Academy textbook series which covers comprehensive topics in Ophthalmology.
2. EyeHandbook (Available in App Store and Google Play)
This app is definitely one of the virtual tools an ophthalmologist must always have in their smartphones. It provides a long list of diagnostic tools including visual acuity testing, fixation targets for children, calculators, color vision testing and even fluorescein light! And if that’s not enough, the app also has an atlas of ophthalmic photographs, a quick reference manual and a medical formulary of ophthalmic medications. Whew! On top of all of these, it’s also free. Now that’s a steal!
3. Eye Patient (Available in App Store and Google Play)
This is a recently developed app from the creators of EyeHandbook. With the surge of telemedicine, a platform is needed to connect eye patients and eye doctors in order to easily administer vision testing tools remotely. This app fulfills this function and it allows the patients to have access to information about numerous eye disorders and monitor their vision as well.
4. 9 Gaze (Available in App Store and Google Play)
This app provides an efficient and easy way to document eye motility and strabismus in the nine cardinal positions. Features include an on-screen guide for eye positioning, selfie-mode or standard mode, flash on or off, landscape or portrait modes and automatic creation of the composite image of all 9 directions of gaze. Once the composite image is done, you can save the photo in your camera roll or send the file to you email, complete with the patient’s name and other details.
5. oDocs Apps (Available in App Store)
Developed by innovative ophthalmologists, oDocs Eye Care, this award-winning technology allows eye doctors to have access to free 3D-printable smartphone retinal imaging adaptor which is available in their website. The oDocs fundus smartphone ophthalmoscope can then be used with a condensing lens together with their smartphone apps, oDocs Capture and oDocs Montage. It is designed to allow healthcare providers to take retinal and anterior segment images or videos with one-handed controls and ability to flip images for the correct orientation. This tool is great for capturing fundus photos especially in the emergency or hospital setting.
6. Eyetube (Available in App Store)
One of the most effective ways of learning procedures and surgeries is through studying by watching videos. Eyetube provides a free digital access to a large repository of surgical videos especially made for ophthalmologists. It offers a wide range of ophthalmological surgeries, symposia and dialogues. Since everything on this app is related to ophthalmology, it saves time and effort in finding the desired video compared to searching in other platforms on the internet.
7. The Wills Eye Manual (Available in App Store and Google Play)
This manual has been a renowned source of authoritative guidance in ophthalmology practice compiled by Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia. The app is designed to easily navigate through various ocular disorders including the symptoms, signs, work-up, treatment and follow-up visits. This app is very handy and offers a virtual reference guide especially in the emergency room, office or any hospital setting. Subscription is available for 3-month, 6-month or even 12-month schemes. Ten percent of the topics in the manual are provided for free.
8. Eye Emergency Manual (Available in App Store and Google Play)
This app was developed by the New South Wales Agency for Clinical Innovation and was designed for ophthalmologists and emergency health workers to provide an easy and quick guide on the management of common eye emergencies. It offers a friendly mobile interface and straightforward triage scoring for eye conditions that warrant immediate intervention and management.
9. Be My Eyes (Available in App Store and Google Play)
An ophthalmologist can recommend this app to blind and low-vision patients. This is a free app that connects these patients with sighted volunteers and company representatives from all around the world through a live video call for visual assistance. Currently, there are about 323,000 blind and low-vision patients and 5 million volunteers registered in the app. When a person needs visual assistance, all it takes is for him/her to make a video call. Any volunteer who readily accepts the call can communicate directly and solve a problem ranging from checking expiry dates, distinguishing colors, reading instructions or navigating new surroundings.
10. PAO Connect (Available in App Store and Google Play)
Our very own PAO Connect App, newly launched and developed by the Membership and Publications Committees of the Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology. This app is made especially for the PAO community and allows the members to update themselves with announcements and events. It can also be used to update membership status, connect with fellow members and learn from local and international colleagues through webinars offered in the app. The invitation to download and register the mobile app is sent privately to PAO members or you may email email@example.com for more information.
The field of ophthalmology is indeed keeping up with the smartphone era and proves to be one of the most technology-driven specialties in the medical profession. With these apps, acquiring information that is updated and evidence-based is easier than ever. Moreover, a lot of these apps continue to update and add more features and functionalities that a beginning and even experienced ophthalmologist may need on the go, with the ultimate goal of improving eye health care across communities, local and abroad.