Welch Allyn snags FDA clearance for iPhone-friendly eye scope

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Welch Allyn has picked up 510(k) clearance for the iExaminer, a souped-up version of the company's PanOptic Ophthalmoscope that works with the iPhone to allow physicians to capture, store, send and retrieve images taken in eye exams. The PanOptic offers a viewing area of the fundus and retinal nerve in an undilated pupil that is 5 times larger than that of a traditional ophthalmoscope, the company says, and pairing it with the iPhone makes it easy and cheap for doctors to share data with patients and boost compliance. Welch Allyn will start shipping the device Feb. 11. More