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Indian J Ophthalmol. 2019 Apr;67(4):541-544. doi: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1524_18.

Trash to treasure Retcam.

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Department of Ophthalmology, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital, Puducherry, India.


Digital fundus imaging is being used in diagnosis, documentation, and sharing of many retinal diseases and hence forms an essential part of ophthalmology. The use of smartphones for the same has been ever increasing. There is a need for simpler devices to couple the 20D lens and smartphone so as to take fundus photographs which can help in fundus documentation. This article describes a simple inexpensive technique of preparing a smartphone fundus photography device (Trash To Treasure (T3) Retcam) from the used materials in the clinics within minutes. This article will also review the optical principles of the T3 Retcam and describe the step-by-step method to record good-quality retinal image/videos. This inexpensive device is made by recycling and modifying the plastic hand sanitizer bottle in the clinics/hospitals which can be used for documenting, diagnosing, screening, and academic purposes.


Fundus camera; innovation; low cost device; smartphone fundus photography; teleophthalmology

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