by Charl Marlo A. Jimenez, MD
It’s not hard to search for apps you need for work and home. They practically have thought of everything. From book readers, to document editors, to streaming apps, think and you can have. Although most of the time, we yearn for something very good or practical that we can use inside our clinics.
I’m sure you sifted through countless of apps on eye charts, apps on IOL calculators, apps on prescription references, apps that are color charts and even phacoemulsifcation-like game simulators. Some are hits, most are misses, some just eat up space but there are some that prove very useful inside the clinic.
On my end, since I started practice, I wanted a tool to help me when I’m trying to explain my diagnosis or my plan for the patient. I more often than not, find them baffled when I start talking and making wave gestures even if I try to oversimplify my explanation. And as I mentioned, finding a companion app has more misses than hits. I actually had just one hit.
“Eye-Practical Series” developed by 3D4Medical.com is part of a compendium of 3D image apps by the manufacturer. Developed for IOS and Google Play, it’s a 3 dimensional eye that’s anatomically complete up to the vascular arrangement of the whole eye. You can change layer visualization from the surface to the uveitic tissue to the retinal vessels. It spells the difference when you are trying to point to the patient where the problem is.
It’s also a wonderful discussion tool if you are trying to review the anatomy of the eye. As a medical student, I found Netter’s illustrations as important as my legs. This app offers the complete experience that I think is even better than Netter’s (although I find the latter as works of art, comparison is unfair and unnecessary). No need to settle for clunky diagrams and photos from the net as well.
The app is free-ware, it has a bonus portion of diagrams and videos for Myopia, Hyperopia etc. For a fee, you can unlock video illustrations of different types of Glaucoma, Cataract and Cataract Surgery and other types of surgeries and eye conditions. I personally shelled out a couple of dollars for some of the videos, which I use most of the time to let them see how their surgery will work and how it will work out.
The only downside is it eats up precious space, you need to free up to almost 1 GB as per the latest update. You can use the app even if you are internet free but sometimes it sputters when playing videos, but most of the time it worked perfectly for me. The app worked for me in an IOS device as old as the Ipad 2 ( yes, the one with a 30-pin charger).
I’ve been always told that in all situations, you really have to explain to the patient clearly and have adequate chair time in order to make things less complicated. Its fortunate that this app is a clear hit.
About The Author
Dr. Marlo is a semi-frustrated science fiction writer and historian at heart. He has set his mind to wander now that he is done with residency and is now actively pursuing his childhood pasttime, playing video games until wee hours of the morning, up all night to finish Grand Theft Auto 5 and Metal Gear Solid in a month's time.
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