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Locally created glaucoma apps win at Geneva inventions contest


Thai ophthalmologists won three bronze medals at the 47th International Exhibition of Inventions held in Geneva, Switzerland from April 10-14, Dr Sakchai Vongkittirux, a lecturer at Thammasat University’s Department of Ophthalmology who led the team of Thai representatives on Sunday.

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The Thammasat Eye Centre joined Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology’s engineering students to create smartphone applications to boost Thai people’s quality of life – three of which were selected by the National Research Council of Thailand to compete in the Geneva exhibition, Sakchai said. 
The winning apps were “GlaucoApp”, an app that screens glaucoma; the “Intelligent Eye Doctor”, an app that detects cataract, pterygium and pinguecula; and an app specifically for glaucoma patients, Sakchai said. 
Glaucoma – which is estimated to affect nearly 70 million people across the world – is believed to be the leading cause of blindness, hence applying modern technology for eye screening which is easily accessible allows for timely treatment and follow-up procedures, he said.

Published : April 15, 2019

By : Anan Wichitpracha The Nation