Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in Australia. With 1 in 10 Australians over the age of 80 diagnosed with glaucoma, the annual cost to the Australian health care system was $342 million in 2005.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of announcing the role a Waverley based company will have in leading the battle to enable a more effective diagnosis of glaucoma. Ingeneus will receive funding of up to $1.5 million to undertake a Proof of Concept project for an innovative health device for early diagnosis of glaucoma.
The project is one of six projects to receive a total of around $9 million to undertake a Proof of Concept project over two years as part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s Smart Small and Medium Enterprises Market Validation Program (Smart SMEs MVP).
Ingeneus will work with the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital to develop and demonstrate an innovative easy to use slit lamp and tonometer for the assessment of eye health by a General Practitioner, in particular the diagnosis of glaucoma.
The diagnostic platform will provide a simplified image capture system that is easy to use, has a good illumination system, includes a camera, and is small, lightweight, ergonomically designed and desk mounted.
This solution has the potential to provide a low cost, easy to use, diagnostic instrument, with real possibilities for application in telemedicine.
The Coalition Government is committed to providing opportunities for our local businesses, like Ingeneus, to work with government to develop innovative solutions to improve government service delivery for Victorians.