Glaucoma in Perspective: New app to educate patients on glaucoma

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Tuesday, 13 October 2015
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Researchers from City University London have developed a highly engaging new app, supported by Allergan Pharmaceuticals to educate people who have been newly diagnosed with glaucoma about the condition.  What makes this app different is that this is glaucoma education in a simple, visual, jargon-free, easy to use format, which makes it more engaging and helps people better understand the potential impact of the condition.  The app, designed for use on tablet devices covers topics such as why eye pressure is important as well as the correct use of eyedrops.

This app is one part of the ‘Glaucoma in Perspective’ programme, which comprises two apps – the second app, for Healthcare Professionals  aims to facilitate and engage discussion and education of patients with the condition.

One of the main features of both apps is a series of interactive demonstrations that highlight the subtle sight loss that can occur with glaucoma, especially in the early stages of the disease. The app technology allows the user to experience the impact of glaucoma on everyday situations such as driving, cooking, walking down the stairs or shopping. Users are also provided with up-to-date information about their condition and the treatments available via a series of novel animations.

The development team, led by Professor David Crabb, Professor of Statistics and Vision Research at City University London along with Dr Nicholas Smith, based the interactive app on findings from their research into patient’s perception of sight loss with glaucoma.

Professor Crabb said: “If you have glaucoma, or someone you know has glaucoma, this app has been developed for you. By working in partnership with Allergan we hope we can help raise awareness of glaucoma and explain why people invariably have no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. We have deliberately kept the app simple to use and easy to understand. We also hope the app will help clinicians better explain the benefits of adhering to treatment.”

The app is available free of charge on iTunes here and for health professionals here.

It is also available free of charge on Google Android here.