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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 73-77

Android mobile applications in eye care


1 Department of Optometry, Netra Jyothi College of Optometry and Paramedical Sciences, Udupi, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Anatomy, Melaka Manipal Medical College (Manipal Campus), Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Optometry, School of Allied Health Science, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Mr. Nagarajan Theruvedhi
Department of Optometry, School of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal - 576 104, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ojo.OJO_226_2018

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Google Play Store was used to search for eye care-related applications the android simulator using various general terms related to eye care to review and categorize various interactive eye care-related applications in android platform from the details available in the application website. Data collected from application description and application developer's webpage include target audience, category of apps, estimated number of downloads, average user rating, involvement of eye care professionals in developing the application, and cost of the app. All these data were collected only from the details provided in the application website considering on online user perspective and the developers were not contacted to collect any other details. In total, 475 applications were identified and grouped into 13 categories depending on the type of service the application provide. Out of which, only 107 (22.53%) applications had mentioned about the eye care professional involvement in their design or development of the application. The applications were also stratified according to the target audience, and many had no user rating with very few downloads. The lack of evidence-based principles and standardization of application development should be taken into consideration to avoid its negative impact on the community, especially in eye care.


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