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 quailty of the results.