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Laser opthalmoscope

providing early detection of eye disease and defects Scotland,

Photograph of the retina of a healthy eye.
An ultra-wide retinal image of a healthy eye. © Optos

The laser opthalmoscope was invented by Douglas Anderson (born 1951) when his five year old son was blinded in one eye after a retinal detachment was detected too late, despite having regular eye examinations.

Its ultra-wide retinal imager is able to detect early signs of eye disease, as well as indicators of other non-eye related diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and certain cancers, which are often first exhibited in the retina.

While previous devices can only image five per cent of the retina in a single capture, the laser ophthalmoscope can capture a high resolution digital image of over 80 per cent of the retina in a quarter of a second.

Today over four thousand P200 devices are installed in eye and health care practices around the world, and have conducted over 33 million patient examinations.

Royal Academy of Engineering

Decade
Type
Engineering, Medicine,
Region
Scotland
Location
Key Individuals
Douglas Anderson, Optos plc,