In this article from Clinician’s Brief, our official clinical practice journal, Lucien V. Vallone, DVM, DACVO, Texas A&M University, describes how a typical smartphone--for the most part, without specialized adapters--can be used to capture and use ophthalmic images for the purposes of diagnosis and documentation.
Advancing smartphone technology is allowing clinicians to capture high-resolution photos and videos and facilitate convenient means of medical examination, documentation, and subsequent consultation in multiple disciplines, without the need for special techniques or accessory products.
Reports of smartphone photography and examination techniques in animals are limited mostly to individual descriptions of smartphone camera adapters used for fundoscopy. Successful fundus imaging has been achieved using such equipment; however, this incurs additional cost and equipment is often limited to specific smartphone models. The following outlines techniques for fundus and anterior segment imaging that predominantly do not require the purchase of accessory equipment.