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Congratulations Dr Kong

March 7, 2016

Photo of Dr George Kong in front of an eye chart

Dr George Kong, a Glaucoma Fellow at the Eye and Ear, recently received an AMP Tomorrow Fund grant.

These grants provide support for people who have a talent or a passion for something that will ultimately benefit Australia. Dr Kong has developed VisualFields Easy, a tablet app that can help doctors and patients to detect glaucoma. Glaucoma is a condition that affects 1 in 8 Australians over the age of 80 and first degree relatives have a much higher risk.

“The VisualFields Easy app not only allows glaucoma patients to test for problems in their visual field, it could also allow patients’ family members to become aware of the condition early, hopefully lead to earlier diagnosis,” Dr Kong says.

The AMP Tomorrow Fund grant will help Dr Kong further improve and validate the software.

“Firstly, it will help me in employing a software developer in refining the user interface of the software, so that it becomes very intuitive and user friendly (currently I am doing all the software programming myself which is time consuming).

My hope is for patients to be able to pick up the iPad and to be able to intuitively know how to use the software even for the first time. Secondly, it will help me conduct some early validation studies, such as the use of the software in rural and remote areas.”