An innovative lens developed at Flinders University has been accepted as an international standard item of ophthalmic equipment.
The Watkins Fundus Lens, an efficient new device for examining the retina of the eye, has been applauded for its high resolution over a wide field of view and clever design that enables easy use by optometrists.
The lens has been adopted by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness as a recommended standard item of ophthalmic equipment. The agency coordinates the management of global eye care, which includes the World Health Organization and all non-government organisations involved in the world-wide prevention of blindness.
“It’s a real world solution for a global problem,” said Associate Professor Rod Watkins of Optometry and Vision Science at Flinders University. “We introduced characteristics to the lens that are really important for people who use it – designing it for easier use and with higher resolution. It’s a significant step forward.”
It’s a real world solution for a global problem
The lens has attracted international sales and is being manufactured by an Adelaide company, Scan Optics Pty Ltd, through an arrangement negotiated by the university’s commercialisation agency, Flinders Partners. It is available for sale through Flinders Vision, at Bedford Park, an optometry clinic, training facility and innovative equipment specialist that is owned and run by Flinders University.
Flinders research and development of the Watkins Fundus Lens involved extensive consultation with users and the university’s optometry students.