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Remote optometrist firm accelerates rollout to get patients seen during lockdown



Scottish remote optometrist technology firm IbisVision is accelerating plans to roll out its platform to UK and US optometrists.

The Glasgow-based company is hiring new client-facing staff on either side of the Atlantic to help optometrists and opticians learn more about the products and services that can allow for remote and non-contact assessments.

The rollout is being funded by Miami-based Compiler Venture Capital, which has also facilitated IbisVision’s entry into the US optical health market.

The pandemic and successive lockdowns have placed limitations on optometry professionals and businesses, so the technology is aimed at assisting them to remotely examine eyes, or do so in the same location but without close contact.

It allows for appointments, assessments and prescriptions, all without any need for direct contact between the medical professional and patient.

IbisVision has also received funding in the form of two awards from government agency Innovate UK, allowing it to target growth areas such as remote refraction and clinician-led remote examination and disease monitoring.

Commercial director Melville Berwick commented: “Whilst we could never have foreseen the circumstances that we all face now, the Covid-19 pandemic has added real urgency to our efforts at IbisVision and validated our remote optometrist technology focus.

“By allowing optometrists the ability to undertake a comprehensive eye test without having to meet up with the patient, we are playing our part in ensuring that we find our way through these difficult times.”

The company was founded in 2014 by a former eye surgeon Dr Blair Donaldson, an honorary consultant at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and honorary senior lecturer at Aberdeen University.

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