Safety Limits and Tests for OWL

A project log for Open Indirect Ophthalmoscope

An open-source, ultra-low cost, portable screening device for retinal diseases

Ayush YadavAyush Yadav 07/12/2016 at 09:380 Comments

LED Used : Lexicon 3 Watt LED Warm Yellow.

The luxmeter Sinometer LX1330B was used for all calculations.

The corneal diameter is the maximum spot size at the most focus point of the illumination source. The point of maximum illumination is found by moving a white paper in front of the 20D eyepiece lens until a sharp image of the illumination LED is formed in the place.

The testing is done both in a dark room and inside an illuminated room. Although only images of the Luxmeter in lighted room is shown.

The maximum intensity found was around : 1210 lux. [Using the PEAK function of the luxmeter]

The values mostly fluctuated between 950 - 1140 lux when the lux meter was moved around the illumination areas.

Additionally, to make sure we were on the right page, we used the lux meter to test on a hospital funduscope and it gave an Illuminance of 1450 - 1510 lux.

This established that the device is safe enough for use on human eyes. On comparison with ISO standards, we found that we were well within the limits of irradiation which can cause any form of retinal damage.

We also found that the device is as luminous as an overcast sky.
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