OSNTX Zoom Meeting, Wed. 15 Nov. 2023 at 7 pm (CST) [5pm PST]
A New Pediatric-Suitable Retina Camera, Presented by Mike Jones
Zoom Meeting:(details will be sent by email to registrants)
Set up so that the host will have to let you in.
Meeting 6:45 - 8:15. Talk at 7 pm.
A team of four pediatric PhD ophthalmology specialists and Mike Jones (retired optical designer for Lockheed Martin and Raytheon) is working to produce a new retina camera designed specifically for infants and premature babies having eye globe diameters on the order of 16-20mm, much smaller than adult eyes. The camera covers a 60º portion of the retina centered on the fovea, and maximizes detection and diagnosis of abnormal arterial and venous blood vessel development. Early detection of blood vessel abnormalities enables medical treatment that will help to restore normal blood flow to the retina and minimize the chances of permanent blindness. The camera is primarily intended to be fielded in medically disadvantaged third-world countries. Its cost will be roughly 10-15% that of existing retinal cameras, and the camera, control computer and software will be designed to facilitate medical staff training in these regions.
(Perhaps we can also discuss optical design concepts and the eye after the talk, with input from Mike Jones. With retinal cameras, the highly curved retina is imaged out of the eye onto a plane to view the details (and there are two types of angular scaling). With vision, light enters the eye instead, and a curved image is unusual. The nodal point is often used for retinal scaling, but the pupil has a strong effect, rather than paraxial properties. There is a trend now where half of all newborns will grow to become myopic, and methods for controlling eye growth are urgently being sought. Might the infant eye have some unexpected information … )
The OSNTX expects to have monthly Zoom meetings going forward, and Wed. at 7 pm was a suggested time. Please provide feedback.