Bausch +Lomb and IBM have announced that they are collaborating on developing the first iPhone and iPad app of its kind for surgeons who perform cataract surgery. The app is designed to streamline the surgeon’s workflow by delivering patient information and clinical insights as well as intraocular lens (IOL) options on a single digital platform right at the point of care.
Cataracts affect more than 22 million Americans and rising, and cataract extraction is the most common surgical procedure for Medicare beneficiaries. A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that can cause blindness if not treated. With approximately 70% of people affected by cataracts by age 75, anything that can help ease the process of removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial one is bound to be welcome to cataract surgeons.
The app is expected to enter the pilot study testing phase in late 2016.
IBM's iPhone app will help 20 million Americans keep their sight