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Slit-lamp management in contact lenses laboratory classes: learning upgrade with monitor visualization of webcam video recordings

Paper Abstract

The training in the use of the slit lamp has always been difficult for students of the degree in Optics and Optometry. Instruments with associated cameras helps a lot in this task, they allow teachers to observe and control if the students evaluate the eye health appropriately, correct use errors and show them how to do it with a visual demonstration. However, these devices are more expensive than those that do not have an integrated camera connected to a display unit. With the aim to improve students´ skills in the management of slit lamp, we have adapted USB HD webcams (Microsoft Lifecam HD-5000) to the objectives of the slit lamps available in our contact lenses laboratory room. The webcams are connected to a PC running Linux Ubuntu 11.0; therefore that is a low-cost device. Our experience shows that single method has several advantages. It allows us to take pictures with a good quality of different conditions of the eye health; we can record videos of eye evaluation and make demonstrations of the instrument. Besides it increases the interactions between students because they could see what their colleagues are doing and take conscious of the mistakes, helping and correcting each others. It is a useful tool in the practical exam too. We think that the method supports the training in optometry practice and increase the student´s confidence without a huge outlay.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 July 2014
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 9289, 12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 92891H (17 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2070755
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Justo Arines, Univ. de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Ana Gargallo, Univ. de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9289:
12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference
Manuel F. P. C. Martins Costa; Mourad Zghal, Editor(s)

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