In the News

The Arclight Project has gained considerable interest from the mainstream media as well as academic institutions, industry magazines and conference reports. Below are some of the recent highlights.

Arclight Review

“Find out why the Arclight is the best value diagnostic set available and why you should use it.”  Watch Arclight Review

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Eye to Eye Podcast

“The College works in collaboration with the Ophthalmologists in Training Group to produce a bi-monthly podcast. The podcast features interviews with researchers on recent papers, analysis of the latest developments in ophthalmology and updates from the College.” Read more.

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What is the Arclight?

“The Arclight is a multi-purpose solar-powered diagnostic tool that combines a direct ophthalmoscope, anterior segment loupe and otoscope (as well as a number of other functions) into a small highly portable device.” Read more.

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Arclight Tandem Africa

“In October 2018, Alex McMaster and Merlin Hetherington set out from Cairo to ride a tandem bike to Capetown. The 10,000km journey would pass through 10 countries, where the two had arranged to provide training and devices for health-care workers in a variety of settings.”  Read more.

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Know the Glow: Dr Andrew Blaikie

“Dr. Andrew Blaikie was fresh out of the cataract operating theatre in NHS Fife, Scotland when Megan Webber, Co-Founder of KnowTheGlow sat down to zoom with the ophthalmologist and senior lecturer at the University of St Andrews School of Medicine.”  Read more

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Arclight: A New Ophthalmoscope and Otoscope

“There are items of equipment without which a GP in clinic cannot function. Top of this list comes a stethoscope. Closely followed by an ophthalmoscope or otoscope.” Read more.

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Pakistan Journal of Ophthalmology: Arc Light as an Alternative Approach to Diagnose Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) At Grass Root Level of Health Care System.

“Vision 2020 is the global initiative, launched in 1999 by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and World Health Organization (WHO), with the aim of eliminating avoidable blindness. In Pakistan, the national survey done in 2006 showed prevalence of blindness to be 3.4% and severe visual impairment as 4.9% in patients who were 30 years or older.”  Read more

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Astrophysics Data System: Comparison between the Arclight Ophthalmoscope and a standard handheld direct ophthalmoscope: a clinical study

“The direct ophthalmoscope, a handheld device gives a highly magnified image of the retina. However, the sustainability of power source and cost are a limitation considering the usage demand. We compared a low-cost solar-powered Arclight ophthalmoscope with a standard ophthalmoscope Heine K180 in terms of ease of examination, usage, field of view, color rendition and patient comfort.”  Read more

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London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: The Arclight Ophthalmoscope: A Reliable Low-Cost Alternative to the Standard Direct Ophthalmoscope

“The Arclight ophthalmoscope is a low-cost alternative to standard direct ophthalmoscopes. This study compared the Arclight ophthalmoscope with the Heine K180 direct ophthalmoscope to evaluate its reliability in assessing the vertical cup disc ratio (VCDR) and its ease of use (EOU). Methods. Eight medical students used both the Arclight and the Heine ophthalmoscopes to examine the optic disc in 9 subjects.”  Read more

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Unite for Sight: Evaluation of A Low Cost Ophthalmoscope (Arclight) For Red Reflex Assessment Amongst Health Care Workers in Malawi

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University of Dundee: Comparative evaluation of a novel solar powered low-cost ophthalmoscope (Arclight) by eye healthcare workers in Malawi

“This study compared a novel low-cost solar powered direct ophthalmoscope called the Arclight with a traditional direct ophthalmoscope (TDO). After appropriate training, 25 Malawian eye healthcare workers were asked to examine 12 retinal images placed in a teaching manikin head with both the Arclight ophthalmoscope and a traditional direct ophthalmoscope (Keeler Professional V.2.8).” Read more

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ArXIV, University of Cornell: Synthesising Wider Field Images from Narrow-Field Retinal Video Acquired Using a Low-Cost Direct Ophthalmoscope (Arclight) Attached to a Smartphone

“Access to low cost retinal imaging devices in low and middle income countries is limited, compromising progress in preventing needless blindness. The Arclight is a recently developed low-cost solar powered direct ophthalmoscope which can be attached to the camera of a smartphone to acquire retinal images and video.” Read more

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Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology: CREATION OF WIDE FIELD RETINAL IMAGES FROM NARROW FIELD VIDEO ACQUIRED BY AN ARCLIGHT DIRECT OPHTHALMOSCOPE

“When attached to a mobile phone camera the Arclight Ophthalmoscope (AO) can acquire reti- nal video segments, offering an ultra-low cost opportunity to expand telemedicine in low-income settings. Innate limitations of direct ophthalmos- copy, i.e. narrow field of view, limit clinical utility, particularly in screening for diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity. We aimed to create a novel computer algorithm capable of extracting images from videos providing wider-field fundal montages.” Read more

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IEEE Xplore: Synthesising Wider Field Images from Narrow-Field Retinal Video Acquired Using a Low-Cost Direct Ophthalmoscope (Arclight) Attached to a Smartphone

“Access to low cost retinal imaging devices in low and middle income countries is limited, compromising progress in preventing needless blindness. The Arclight is a recently developed low-cost solar powered direct ophthalmoscope which can be attached to the camera of a smartphone to acquire retinal images and video.”  Read more

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UCL Discovery: Arclight: a pocket ophthalmoscope for the 21st century

“Around 285 million people in the world are estimated to be visually impaired, and 360 million hearing impaired, with the majority of cases considered preventable or treatable if diagnosed promptly. Ophthalmoscopes and otoscopes are typically designed for wealthy countries and are complex, heavy, and expensive; their basic designs have remained relatively unchanged for over 100 years.”  Read more

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AIPB: Arclight

“Arclight is an easy-to-use, pocket-sized ophthalmoscope made for diagnosing eye diseases in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC). Heavily discounted prices for LMIC enabling health workers in out-reach or screening programs to make instant on-the-spot diagnostic decisions.”  Read more

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MDU Journal: Visionary ideas: the Arclight and RCP bedside vision check tool

“A small team based out of the School of Medicine at St Andrews University has helped develop an innovative pocket ophthalmoscope and otoscope called the Arclight, which is designed to be used in almost any clinical setting. ” Read more

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Eye News: The Arclight: A ‘pocket’ ophthalmoscope to revitalise undergraduate teaching?

“Ophthalmoscopy should be a core skill for every doctor and should be firmly embedded in the undergraduate curriculum similar to the unquestioned position of the stethoscope. The simplicity of the Arclight means it is easy to use and, importantly, to learn to use.”  Read more

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Rotary, St Andrews: Gregor Townsend in Look Who’s Talking

“Scottish rugby coach, Gregor Townsend gave an entertaining interview about his career. Over £5000 was raised for St Andrews Rotary’s Arclight project, helped by sponsorship from Henderson Black & Co accountants.” Read more

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