Ask HN: Diabetic Retinopathy Medical Device Help

36 points by freesoulee 2 months ago

Good Day All,

Apologies first if the content is irrelevant.

My grandma found that she’s diagnosed with diabetes in late stage so she has to inject insulin by herself every morning.

Our team has started to develop a portable auto-focus fundus camera non-mydriatic for diabetic retinopathy screening and management because we thought there might be more people who under or or are in the process of vision loss.

Late stage detection of retinal diseases presents serious risks because eyesight become irreversible and incurable.

We want to help people all over the world ensure their health and prevent diseases, especially third-world countries with low medical accessibility.

Our prototype is operating in Vietnam for beta testing. We're currently looking for any clinics / hospitals / pharmaceutical companies and partners who are interested in working with us.

I've been to some MedTech conferences but was not able to get much insight.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NShPRdNlaDw&t=33s

or email me (freesoulee@rooteehealth.com)

Kind Regards,

CliveHayward 2 months ago

I presume that you're aware of The American Academy of Ophthalmology. It is the primary conference where all the key players (researchers, distributors, practicing physicians, competitors) attend. https://www.aao.org/annual-meeting/past-and-future-meetings

I was on the development team for a company that sold Optical Coherence Tomography and ultrasound devices in the Ophthalmology market. If you need assistance in getting your device FDA certified - I can provide consulting assistance.

Clive Hayward https://www.linkedin.com/in/clivehayward/

  • freesoulee 2 months ago

    Thanks for your insight and I've added you on Linkedin. :)

dmangla 2 months ago

Hi There, I am an ophthalmologist based in the US. Please email me at dmangla@umich.edu for further information. I am interested in helping on this project.

5555624 2 months ago

>we thought there might be more people who under or or are in the process of vision loss.

>Late stage detection of retinal diseases presents serious risks because eyesight become irreversible and incurable.

This is why people should get their eyes checked every year. especially if the are diabetic -- even if they think their vision is fine.

I thought my vision was fine. For fine print, I might need a pair of reading glasses; but, otherwise, I thought my vision was fine. One day, I saw what looked like a piece of lint on my left eye's eyelash. It turned out to be blood, more than a "floater."

My right eye just compensated, I had vision loss in my left eye. Thousands of laser zaps later and a vitrectomy, my left eye is stable; but, the vision loss is permanent. (Not to mention the "butt drug.") I was lucky. I can't really read with my left eye or do things requiring detailed vision; but, I can function.

This sounds like a great idea; but, the earlier you catch a problem, the better.

  • freesoulee 2 months ago

    Thanks for your support!

sweston4 2 months ago

As a type 1 diabetic who must get annual eye exams to check for diabetic retinopathy, this would be an awesome tool to make disease management 5% better. And though 5% sounds small, that adds up to a lot overtime. Thanks for working on this.

  • freesoulee 2 months ago

    Thank you! Have a great week ahead.

synaesthesisx 2 months ago

We've actually worked on an application/algorithms specifically for this sort of application, if you're interested in discussing more - I will reach out via email.

  • freesoulee 2 months ago

    can you contact me via an email? thanks!

mikecsh 2 months ago

Is the application on the tablet showing test data or is that a live demo of the machine with the gentleman in the video?

Noumenon72 2 months ago

Since I'm not a useful med partner but I do know English, the adjective non-mydriatic would ordinarily fit into the sentence like this:

"a portable auto-focus non-mydriatic fundus camera."

  • freesoulee 2 months ago

    Clever, noted with thanks!