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Projectors and Stagefright

Choosing the correct aspect ratio for a presentation There are several mistakes that are easy to make when using PowerPoint. The most common one I see is the failure of a video to play because the video file wasn’t copied...

Virtual reality pupil assessment software

For Oct/Nov 2021 we review a virtual reality (VR) solution for training and assessing pupil function. Different types of VR exist, and the application described here is used on the Oculus Quest or Pico headsets. The user wears a headset...

Open source and tele-manufacturing for ophthalmology

Open source or crowd-sourcing and crowd-collaboration are concepts almost always associated with software and public online projects such as Wiki project. Never had I imagined that my team would apply the same principle in ophthalmology. Just less than a month...

COVID-19 and the eye: a review of ocular involvement and protective strategies

A lot of attention has been placed on the use of face coverings to limit COVID-19 transmission, but there has been less focus on ocular involvement and ocular protection strategies. The author reviews the literature and discusses possible solutions. The...

COVID-19 destroying air filter tested in opticians enters the market

Aura Air, the world’s first air filtration and disinfection system proven by clinical trial to remove 99.7% of COVID-19 aerosol droplets, has entered the UK market to provide clean, safe air and help businesses recover following the global pandemic.

Latest updates on virus protection and location sharing

Time to uninstall your virus killer? Installing security software and keeping it up-to-date has long been considered good advice, certainly when talking about Windows PCs. A recent article in Ars Technica (https://goo.gl/4v4jde) highlighted increasing problems with this approach. The conclusion...

EyeLogbook

This issue we’re covering the recently updated EyeLogbook (www.eyelogbook.co.uk), the Royal College of Ophthalmologist’s (RCO) online surgical logbook. Back in March 2016 a fully re-designed version of the site was released. Not only does the new version bring a beautifully...

New developments

To reflect the fact that this column consists of not just web links, but also mobile and general technology content we have changed the name from Internet to ‘Tech Review’. In keeping with the title, this issue includes a mixture...

Ophthalmology in ancient india, Sushruta’s time and the modern era

While reading an article related to the history of Indian ophthalmology, I came across this description of a surgical procedure: “The doctor warmed the patient’s eye with the breath of his mouth. He rubbed the closed eye of the patient...

Patient and clinician view of telemedicine for neuro-ophthalmology consultations when in-person is not possible

The authors present a linked survey sent to patients and neuro-ophthalmologists after a consultation with one of 12 neuro-ophthalmologists from three centres in the United States, over a three-month period in 2020. All consultations were offered virtually due to restrictions...

Samsung focuses on the sight impaired and internet security flaws

Smartphone assistive technology for the sight impaired In previous issues we’ve covered some specific smartphones that have been developed for the sight impaired. Samsung are now doing something similar, but in the form of accessories. In March 2014 they announced,...

Portable corneal topography – exploration of a prototype

Ophthalmic imaging devices, such as corneal topographers, are not widespread in the developing world. A small device that connects to a smartphone might be a solution to improve developing nation access to corneal imaging. I recently had the opportunity to...