Oleh : Lydia Angelia Yanita
In order to improve the screening of diabetic retinopathy and the follow-up of glaucoma, we developed an alternative way of delivering services by constructing a mobile examination unit, called ‘EyeMo’ . The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Finland supported the financing of the unit. The goal was to produce a way of providing high-volume services (such as high-quality fundus images and visual field examinations) at low unit costs and to guarantee equal access to care. EyeMo is 10.5 m long and 2.5 m wide. It has two examination rooms, one for visual field testing (Humphrey Field Analyzer HFA-740i; Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc., Dublin, CA, USA) and one for imaging (using a Canon CF-1 mydriatic fundus camera with a Canon 400 digital SLR camera), as well as a waiting area. Two experienced professionals, a nurse and an imaging technician, work in the unit. Since September 2006, over 7000 patients have been seen and about 7700 examinations conducted in EyeMo.
The mobile examination unit, designated EyeMo, is equipped with a waiting area and examination rooms for fundus imaging, visual field testing and measurement of intraocular pressure.
Hautala, N., Hyytinen, P., Saarela, V., Hägg, P., Kurikka, A., Runtti, M., & Tuulonen, A. (2009). A mobile eye unit for screening of diabetic retinopathy and follow‐up of glaucoma in remote locations in northern Finland. Acta ophthalmologica, 87(8), 912-913.