US Military Develops Mobile Application to Treat Eye Injuries

Source: HIT Infrastructure

The U.S. military medical researchers are developing a mobile application to connect combat medics with on-call ophthalmologists either in-theater or at a clinic to treat eye injuries of soldiers in the field, according to a report in HIT Infrastructure.

The application, called FOXTROT, will enable medics and other healthcare providers in a war zone to conduct eye exams, diagnose eye injuries, and treat them using a smartphone.

“Ten to 15 percent of combat injuries involve the eye,” said Air Force Maj. William G. Gensheimer, MD, ophthalmology element leader and chief of cornea and refractive surgery at the Warfighter Eye Center, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. “There may not be many ophthalmologists in a deployed setting.”

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