Visiting the eye hospital can often be a frightening experience for younger patients and this may lead to difficulties when imaging the retina as patient cooperation is vital when obtaining a clear, readable image.
I contacted Optos (manufacturer of widefield cameras) and they kindly agreed to supply the housing for the camera. This allowed a mobile phone to be inserted behind the eye piece so the patient can view a short film before attempting imaging.
A short animation was created using illustrations by Sarah Lacey which was put on YouTube for clinicians to access in clinic.
We hope this will reassure the patient and make this a positive experience which will reflect on the success rate in obtaining the images and improve the overall quality of the results. Feedback from the consultants suggested training can be useful for certain patients so I developed the Cardboard Optomap Project – https://cardboardoptomap.wordpress.com