Optic Neuritis App Development survey

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Hello, my name is David and I’m a final year Biomedical Science student at Queen Mary University of London. I was born in Lagos, Nigeria and brought up in Middlesbrough, located in the north east of England. After my current degree I hope to study medicine and specialise as an ophthalmologist. My interest in ophthalmology grew as a result of my part time work at King’s College Hospital’s ophthalmology department as a healthcare assistant.

Alongside Healthcare I am keen on technology, a passion I developed from my father who is an electrician. I help my family and friends to fix damaged electrician devices like phones and laptops.

Using my love for technology and healthcare, I am hoping to design an app to help people with MS who have optic neuritis. I hope to bring together the features of current apps for optic neuritis and update them. However, I would like to know what would be helpful for you in the app.

The survey will take between 5 – 10 minutes and I will use the data collected to help design the app and in the write up for my final project. Thank you in advance.

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  • Hi David

    You are a breath of fresh air.

    It is unfortunate that, as a group, doctors are a ‘constipated’ group. For ideas, and acceptance, I mean!! Apologies to anyone and everyone who feels slighted by my comments. From retinal vessel segmentation to a million other things, engineers design and craft what we see around us but we refuse to use them, including computer-based diagnostic apps because we fear that our livelihood will be lost or something like that. But you press on.

    At a minimum, you need low contrast sensitivity testing and red desaturation measurement capabilities and pupillometry-capable App. Unfortunately, students and residents in various programs use a smartphone based light to test for pupillary responses since nobody wants to carry a penlight. We are progressing albeit in the wrong direction!!

    Indiana Purdue University School of engineerring has already commercialized and made it publicly available an app called Reflex designed to measure pupillary responses. Obviously there are others as well.

    Again good luck.

    There is so much in the eye that it will boggle one’s imagination.

    Just to give you a glimpse of technology, one can print a retinal ganglion cells, I think. That’s how much engineering has progressed and advanced medicine!

    I work as a professor of neurology and director of the multiple sclerosis clinic at the University of Kentucky Lexington, KY, USA.

    Stay in touch. I myself am doing something in this field and as luck would have it, am buying something today from France to test the eye in MS. .

  • Loss of vision came back then got way worse then slowly got better but I still have swirling vision and have to have an eye patch

  • I have had many bouts of ON, a high street optician told me that my eyesight is very erratic and that I need to have an eye test every 2 weeks. Their tests are £45 a time so I declined. (business owned by a hospital ophthalmologist!)

    As I haven’t lost my vision due to ON I had to answer a couple of the survey questions incorrectly to be able to continue.

    Good luck with your final year and your project.

  • I have double vision all the time and prisms can not correct the problem. It gets worse during the day. It is much worse when looking at things close up such as reading. There is little problem looking at things far away but I would find it difficult to describe what I am looking at to a blind person

    The problem has gradually got worse and worse over a period of 25 years When I read I wear closed where the left lens of my glasses is opaque. MS affects my left leg and arm

  • I had diplopia but no blurring of vision. This was not reported as ON by the neurology reg. I began to fill in your survey but could not fill in some parts of the survey as I had no loss of vision, so I did not submit a survey response.

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