India is home to over 12 million visually impaired people and this number is ever on the rise. Of this, approximately 80% fall in to the category of avoidable blindness. To address avoidable blindness, we not only need extra efforts and resources, but also simple and cost-effective solutions that can reach every nook and corner of the country.
I feel blessed that we are living in an era of smartphone digital technology that has made the world so small. My team at MII Ret Cam Inc always dreamt of utilising the smartphone technology to address the eye care needs of our masses. With smart and innovative ideas and excellent team work, we came up with our dream- come-true imaging device; we called it ‘MII Ret Cam’.
MII Ret Cam overcomes multiple shortcomings of existing fundus cameras. Firstly, it overcomes the cost factor. Almost all the current fundus cameras come at exuberant prices that makes it unaffordable for most young ophthalmologists, especially those working in rural areas of any country. Secondly, it overcomes a major flaw of most fundus cameras in that they are unable to image the peripheral retina. Our MII Ret Cam has this major advantage. Thirdly, our device being portable, overcomes the difficulty of current fundus cameras in their inability to be used in neonates, infants and toddlers. MII Ret Cam being very handy can be very helpful in dealing with paediatric retinal imaging.
With the help of this image-assist tool, we contribute in our own little ways in accomplishing the targets laid down by World Health Organisation (WHO) in the VISION 2020 programme, some of which are
After my brief stint of 3 years of ophthalmology training in the USA, I soon realized the enormous unmet needs in each and every sector of health care in India. These unmet needs can be met with simple and indigenous solutions such as MII Ret Cam, devised to address the needs of our country. This is also our attempt in realising our vision of “Make in India (MII)”. However it has hidden meaning that everyone can have a sense that it’s My (MII) Ret Cam.
This journey could have not been started without the support from MII Ret Cam Development Team including Dr K I Ramachandran, Dr Guruvayoorapan, Mr Lakshmikanthan, Miss Saranya, Mr Senthil, Mr Shajan, Mr Prabhakar, Mr Kannapiran, our industry friends Mr. Rajkumar, Mr. Anand and teachers. Special support from our chairman Dr SK Sundaramoorthy, my colleagues of Lotus Eye Hospital and Institute, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu and our post graduates who have kept my persistence alive. Support from my wife Dr Rohini Sharma was a pillar in bringing the device from bench to bedside.
I hope MII Ret Cam brings the change the way we practice eye care and help millions of people from going blind in this country and beyond.