Handheld device keeps an eye out for glaucoma

It may be able to detect disease accurately in a minute, cost a fraction of current tests

The Singapore National Eye Centre's Professor Dan Milea hopes that having a simpler and cheaper test will enable more people to get treated earlier.
Glaucoma patient Lee Chee Wee using the larger version of the handheld device, which tests the constriction of the pupil in reaction to red and blue lights. PHOTO: GIN TAY FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
The Singapore Eye Research Institute's Dr Raymond Najjar says the handheld device can even be used at home. Mr Lee Chee Wee thinks the new device would have made the process of detecting his glaucoma much easier. Glaucoma patient Lee Chee Wee using t
The Singapore National Eye Centre’s Professor Dan Milea hopes that having a simpler and cheaper test will enable more people to get treated earlier.
The Singapore Eye Research Institute's Dr Raymond Najjar says the handheld device can even be used at home. Mr Lee Chee Wee thinks the new device would have made the process of detecting his glaucoma much easier. Glaucoma patient Lee Chee Wee using t
The Singapore Eye Research Institute’s Dr Raymond Najjar says the handheld device can even be used at home.
The Singapore Eye Research Institute's Dr Raymond Najjar says the handheld device can even be used at home. Mr Lee Chee Wee thinks the new device would have made the process of detecting his glaucoma much easier. Glaucoma patient Lee Chee Wee using t
Mr Lee Chee Wee thinks the new device would have made the process of detecting his glaucoma much easier.

It can take several tests to detect glaucoma, but in future, doctors could use a handheld device to get an accurate reading within a minute.

Developed by researchers from the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) and Singapore Eye Research Institute (Seri), the device tests the constriction of the pupil in reaction to red and blue lights.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 02, 2018, with the headline 'Handheld device keeps an eye out for glaucoma'. Print Edition | Subscribe