Doctors in Philadelphia have found a new machine for the early detection of glaucoma -- the leading cause of blindness throughout the world.
1. CUs PULL BACK SVs Lens of microscope PULL BACK TO technician and 15-year-old boy Gene seated at machine: eye at microscope; boy get up (2 shots) 0.18
2. SVs Woman technician at computer keyboard; Gene enters test area and sits down (2 shots) 0.28
3. CUs & EXTREME CU Machine displaying name "Octopus" PAN DOWN TO back of boy's head; eye on camera at eyepiece of machine; view seen by boy; hand-held button; computer keyboard; computer printout (6 shots) 0.40
4. CU Gene's back at colour discrimination test 0.42
5. SV PAN Gene walks into another test area and sits down; woman technician at camera; look into camera (3 shots) 0.53
6. CU Photo of two eyeballs 0.55
7. CU Photo of two eyeballs with white in centres; photos side by side (2 shots) 1.06
8. CUs Readout on screen; computer (2 shots) 1.12
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Background: PHILADELPHIA, USA
Doctors in Philadelphia have found a new machine for the early detection of glaucoma -- the leading cause of blindness throughout the world. Although the disease affects mostly older people it can strike at any age. One fifteen-year old boy has been helped by the machine with simple pressure tests which are fed into a computer. The computer charts the progress of the disease and helps doctors select the most appropriate treatment. One of the machines is called 'Octopus' because it spreads rays of light like tentacles. The machines tests reactions and the computer provides a printout to help the experts. Many glaucoma patients have trouble telling primary colours apart, but the machine provides facilities to test this. The device also photographs the patient's optic nerve to show where nerve tissue has been lost. Medical authorities in Philadelphia are convinced the new machine will enable them to detect and treat the disease before it can permanently impair the patient's vision.
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