Smartphone photography has become essential in Ophthalmic practice and a standard way of recording ocular findings for documentation, expert opinion, academics, tele-ophthalmology and patient education. Anterior segment photography has been made possible using adapters which help fix the smartphone to the slit lamp or adapters with lens which can be fixed to the phone camera that are commercially available. This article describes a novel technique of taking Anterior Segment Photography with Intraocular lens (ASPI) [Figs. 1 and 2].
Preparing the ASPI
- 2 strips of 4 cm × 2 cm hard chart paper/plastic sheet were cut
- A circular opening of 5 mm diameter was made on both the strips at one end using a No. 11 surgical blade
- The intraocular lens was placed on the opening of one strip by applying liquid adhesive over the haptics of the IOL (alternatively, double-sided tape can also be used to fix the IOL and the second strip in place)
- The second strip was then stuck on top of the IOL and the first strip so as to cover it
- This arrangement was then aligned on the smartphone camera with a Micropore/Cellotape
- The smartphone was then moved towards the patient to focus on the lesion and a still photograph or a video was recorded with the inbuilt flash or an external light source (torch)
- The images obtained were of high quality with high magnification and moreover, it is a device that can be made using materials available in the clinic/hospital [Figs. 3 and 4].
Smartphones are beginning to play a major role as a medical diagnostic tool. They are simple, stable, affordable as well as being portable, with high storage capacity and wireless connectivity makes the ASPI an important tool for diagnosis and documentation in various setups such as clinics, hospitals, health centers, and camps.
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Department of Ophthalmology, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital, Puducherry.
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