The Spectrum Eyecare digital eye testing solution is used by all top Optometric Universities in South Africa. We also donate our software to all undergraduate students, enabling them to perform comprehensive eye examinations anywhere anytime, with the use of a laptop computer. Whether on campus, at outside clinics or even in the most remote areas, students have the tools to provide the full range of diagnostic tests. In conjunction with the ability to deliver these tests, Spectrum ensures patient understanding by delivering the voice instructions in the patient’s home language through the laptop speaker system. Currently we have eight languages loaded onto the system.
“We’ve been using SPECTRUM since 2009; the tests include different VA targets, subjective refraction techniques, colour vision, contrast sensitivity and binocular vision. The VA targets are extensive and range from Snellen, LogMAR to child-friendly pictures and symbols. The fan and block test is also included in the system making it easier for lecturers to teach this. I not only recommend this product for the clinical examination of patients; it is a good clinical teaching tool that each student should be exposed to.”
Optometry Head at the University of the Free State
Digital Optometry has responded to the need for quality eye-care within the welfare sector. Numerous meetings within the organization have been held to address this need, resulting in a proposal to provide free superior eye care to patients in remote and under developed areas. The Right2Sight organisation is currently using our software to conduct all refractive tests, monitor vision loss and educate patients on preventative eye diseases. Spectrum offers their software and services free of charge to Right2Sight.
The Vision in Sight Trust is another non-profit organization supported by Digital Optometry. Established by the South African Optometric Association, it aims to facilitate the delivery of affordable, accessible and quality eye care to the indigent market. The Vision in Sight Trust recently hosted “Mandela Day”, which celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world and the ability to make an imprint one step at a time. Together with sponsor partners and volunteer optometrists, Vision in Sight Trust made a difference in the lives of 67 pensioners. Digital Optometry is proud to be associated with the SAOA and the Vision in Sight Trust. We are committed to ensuring that high quality eye care is not exclusive to the private sector.
“Spectrum software provides a completely portable solution to the optometric test, as all essential tests have been built into the portable laptop system. I just simply could not do my field work without it.”
SA Optometric Association
Digital Optometry remains committed to social intervention in poorer communities, utilizing technology which we believe has significant potential to bridge the divide; Digital Optometry is supportive of the Government’s community outreach initiatives in this regard and continues to lobby support within this sector.