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Eye doctor awarded patent

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FORT MYERS — The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded two patents to Retina Health Center for a new eye-drop imaging device.

Ophthalmologist Alexander Eaton developed the device to make sure patients are using eye drops effectively. Patients frequently miss their eye with the drops and may not be receiving the prescribed dose they need.

“The results show that there is great opportunity to improve drop delivery with the direct feedback patients can get from our easy-to-use device,” says Eaton, in a statement. “This pilot study has confirmed previous reports of difficulties that patients experience when administering eye drops, and has further shown that the imaging device can provide a unique insight for physicians and patients alike.”

The tiny imaging device records video of the patient's technique to make sure they're complying with the prescription. “We are optimistic that much the way athletes view videos of themselves to improve their game, that patients, physicians and physicians' staff will be able to use the videos to improve their drop technique and that this will result in better outcomes and less waste for people throughout the world,” Eaton says in the statement.

You can read more about Eaton and Fort Myers-based Retina Health Center in a story published in the Business Observer by clicking here.


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