A new mobile app has been compiled with expert content from fourteen of New Zealand's leading eye surgeons to help GPs, optometrists and other medical professionals confidently diagnose eye disorders.
According to its creators, the Auckland Eye Manual app is a comprehensive ophthalmic diagnostic resource providing a reference guide across all sub-speciality eye diseases.
"Eye issues occur relatively infrequently compared with more common health complaints affecting the heart, lung, and skin. GPs don't have the specialised examination equipment available to ophthalmologists, so diagnosis can be more difficult for them, particularly if the condition is uncommon," said Dr Sue Ormonde, one of the creators of the app.
"The app explains the appropriate methods for taking an ophthalmic history, and along with the use of colour photos aids in identifying important signs for over 100 common eye conditions. Immediate and longer-term management and referral guidelines are also included.
"The availability of this information on mobile devices and tablets is aimed to better meet the needs of doctors, optometrists and students, giving them immediate access to resources and more rapid search functionality to assist them in their diagnosis," she added.
According to Ormonde, users will find commentary on specialist treatment and surgery, providing GPs with a better understanding of what happens to their patients after referral. There is also a list of essential ophthalmic medications, a comprehensive glossary and a referral guide providing information about the Auckland Eye specialists.
The manual was originally released in print form as a resource for medical practitioners to assist them in referring patients who may need more specialist eye care.
The Auckland Eye Manual app is available to iOS and Android users, and is free for all New Zealanders.