Doctor touts iPhone 13 Pro’s macro mode for eye care

The iPhone 13 Pro’s new Macro mode has many iPhone photographers excited. People use it to capture close-ups of nature that previously required special equipment. This feature has proven useful for more than just taking pictures of plants. In fact, an ophthalmologist discovered the benefits of the iPhone 13 Pro’s macro mode for eye care.

Using iPhone 13 Pro Macro Mode for Eye Treatment

Dr. Tommy Korn recently shared how he used his new iPhone 13 Pro Max to examine a patient’s eye. The patient has had a corneal transplant and needs periodic checkups to make sure the abrasion is healing properly. Dr. Korn discovered that he could capture extremely detailed photographs of his patient’s eyes. This allows him to observe and document the healing process.

Dr. Korn says he’s very impressed with the functionality. He thinks it will “break new ground in eye care and telemedicine for patients,” and he can’t wait to see where it will lead.

Other doctors have shown similar enthusiasm for the Macro function. It is thought to be useful for oculoplastic lesions, primarily lesions on the eyelid. He says his “poor Nikon camera is going to gather more dust”.

Innovate in many aspects of medicine

Dr. Korn believes macro photography will help improve telemedicine in eye care. Patients can send their macro-ocular photographs to their treatment team for triage. The doctor can then conduct a televideo visit for non-emergency conditions. He or she can also identify critical issues and schedule in-person office visits for them.

Dr. Korn points out that this macro-ocular photography can also help transition from emergency care to specialist treatment. Emergency/urgent care physicians can better communicate with ophthalmologists about patients with emergency eye conditions, he says.

Our very own Dr. W. Abdullah Brooks is also excited about the possibilities Apple’s technology offers for medical care. The iPhone and Apple Watch are also useful for neurologist/ophthalmologist teams, he says, to track eye movements to diagnose and monitor specific neurological conditions.

These two devices continue to provide healthcare professionals with unprecedented opportunities to reduce disease burden and expand patient care, which will reduce preventable disability and death.