Opthalmology missionary work gives new meaning to the term "Retina Display"

A colleague of mine asked if this was newsworthy.  I can't think of anything more important than helping those in need.  Indeed, if an iPhone can make a difference in people's lives, then that gives new meaning to "iPhone Life" as well.

Doctor Edward K. Wong, Jr. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Opthalmology at the University of California, Irvine.  He is part of a team headed to Kenya in November, 2010 that will be working with 400 children who have never had an eye exam.  The team will be using the iPhone 4's camera to examine the eyes of these orphans.  The technology is based on work by MIT.

They are appealing to Apple for iPhones, and other sponsors for corrective eyeglasses.  I imagine the readers of iPhone Life include some case manufacturers, battery charger companies, etc., that could all contribute to this worthy cause.

Interested parties can contact Professor Wong at ekwong@uci.edu

Check out the details on the technology at http://web.media.mit.edu/~pamplona/NETRA/

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.