IbisVision roll-out gathers steam

The platform can support remote monitoring and examination, or be used in the practice to support social distancing

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IbisVision has accelerated plans to roll-out its remote optometrist platform in the UK and US. The platform has recently been introduced into Birmingham Optical's portfolio. 

The platform can facilitate a remote examination of the eyes or support an examination in the practice without close contact. The platform hosts a variety of tests, including 24-2, Amsler Grid, Ishihara Colour and Visual Acuity.

The Glasgow-based company shared: “The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown have placed extensive limitations on businesses and professionals, with some predicting ongoing restrictions in some form for months or even years ahead.”

IbisVision suggests the technology could allow optometrists to treat a wider range of patients, who may otherwise find it a challenge to visit a practice, due to illness, mobility or location.

Adding the technology to its portfolio, Birmingham Optical suggested that as the platform can be used both in practice and remotely with guidance, it can provide options such as pre-visit vision assessment, triage and remote monitoring options.

Over the last year, IbisVision has conducted closed trials with optometrists in the UK, with feedback suggesting the platform could be a solution to reduce contact with patients in the practice and provides useful clinical information.

The platform enables multiple tests to be carried out on the patient using one device, reducing the space required in the testing room, feedback has also indicated.

The roll-out has been funded by an investment from Compiler Venture Capital, and IbisVision has also received funding through two awards from the government agency, Innovate UK.

The company suggests this funding will allow it to target growth areas, such as remote refraction and clinician-led remote examination and disease monitoring. IbisVision commercial director, Melville Berwick, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has added real urgency to our efforts at IbisVision and validated our remote optometrist technology focus.”

“By allowing optometrists the ability to undertake a comprehensive eye test without having to meet up with the patient, we are playing our part in ensuring that we find our way through these difficult times,” he added.

The company is hiring new client-facing staff in the UK and US in order to help optometrists learn more about the services.

IbisVision was founded by former eye surgeon Dr Blair Donaldson, an honorary consultant at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and honorary senior lecturer at Aberdeen University.