Volk Optical, Inc.
Optibrand has signed a global licensing agreement regarding the use of Optibrand's patented RetCheck Technology software with Volk Optical, Inc. The RetCheck software is a key component of Volk's iPhone based retinal imaging camera sold under the trade name Volk iNview TM which was launched in November 2015 at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Volk Optical, Inc. is located in Mentor, Ohio, distributes its products in over 100 countries and is the global leader in the handheld retinal imaging lens market.
As part of the eye examination, a video of the retina is conducted with Optibrand's software automatically extracting in real time from the video stream the best retinal images it detects that can then be used for diagnostic evaluation. The extracted images can then be viewed immediately, stored in the patient record or transmitted via the internet to another location for evaluation.
Optibrand has collaborated with Peek Vision to place its RetCheck software on their Galaxy device in order to capture retinal images during field exams in a variety of locations in Africa.
Peek Vision is a UK based organization whose vision is to empower all health workers to diagnose eye diseases and simplify managing and monitoring treatment of patients, anywhere in the world. By harnessing mobile phone apps, hardware, and rigorous scientific testing, they have created an easy to use, affordable and portable system for testing eyes anywhere in the world. For more information about Peek Vision, please visit their website at www.peekvision.org or view this video introducing their project: Peek Vision
The RetCheck software has also been adapted to perform with video indirect ophthalmoscopes which are commonly used by optometrists and ophthalmologists. The software will automatically extract the best single images it detects from the video stream which will greatly reduce resources needed when capturing the video and when selecting images from the video stream. The availability and capabilities of more powerful smartphones has allowed for a myriad of medical diagnostic applications to be added to the phones allowing for more widespread and more economical ways to deliver healthcare around the world. Optibrand is open to investigating opportunities with other interested parties.