A Smartphone app called ‘Eye-Drops’ has been launched that helps people manage their sometimes complex eye-drop applications. The app sets alarms to remind users to take eye drops at the right times, and it also to records applications for those ‘did I take them this morning’ moments. Users just select their eye drops name from a list and the app sets alarms according to the normal prescription frequency, to remind the user every time the drops are due to be taken. Optional large font and speech modes are also included to assist the visually impaired.
The app was developed between a consultant ophthalmic surgeon, a product specialist and an experienced app developer, and as a result attention to detail for medical and technical aspects is extremely good. To quote Richard Newsom, the Consultant Ophthalmic surgeon involved: “This app is significant for both patients and medical staff. It makes life so simple for patients – there is no question about forgetting to apply eye drops, or wondering if you applied the previous dose or not. Missing eye-drop applications can be a real issue and impact recovery so this is a great step forward. It’s also important for medical staff as we then have improved confidence that a course of eye drops have really been applied exactly as we defined – and there is even a record in the Smartphone to prove it!”
Eye-Drops is available for iPhone via iTunes and will shortly also be released for Android.
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Last updated on: 01/08/2012
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