IAPB and the Technology Taskforce have developed a guide that aims to help you better understand and critically analyse eye care technology used at the community and primary levels of eye care.
The guide will help you engage with and adopt technology in your work and:
- learn more about established technologies for eye health
- define how technology can enable access to eye care
- understand the stage of development of emerging technology
- consider how to appropriately introduce new technology into eye care services.
Please use the guide to consider how you can use technology to provide integrated people-centred eye care and access to underserved populations.
Technological solutions are one of the tools we need to use to ensure that the underserved have access to the services they need (Burton et al., 2021).
Technology will be part of the future of eye health, so we need to ensure that it is developed and implemented in appropriate ways.
Thoughtful application is needed to maximise the potential of technology to improve coverage, accessibility, effectiveness, efficiency, and affordability of eye health services.
Reference: Burton, M.J., Ramke, J., Marques, A.P., Bourne, R.R., Congdon, N., Jones, I., Tong, B.A.A., Arunga, S., Bachani, D., Bascaran, C. and Bastawrous, A., 2021. The Lancet global health Commission on global eye health: vision beyond 2020. The Lancet Global Health, 9(4), pp.e489-e551.
The guide is primarily designed for eyecare provider organisations and governments, those responsible for purchasing and implementing technology for service delivery.
It is also designed to be useful for policy makers, funders, and innovators and manufacturers of emerging eye health technology.
We welcome your feedback, please contact [email protected] with comments and suggestions.