Ian Roberts, creador Ret-iN CaM

Ian Roberts Martínez-Aguirre

Born in San Sebastián, Spain, graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in 2006. He specialized as a General Practitioner at the Hospital Universitario Clínico San Carlos in Madrid in 2013. After having worked in Emergency wards for two years, he specializes in Ophthalmology at the Complejo Asistencial Universitario in Burgos, Spain, where he is currently a resident physician.

He has participated in research projects at the Charité Universitaetsmedizine in Berlin, under a grant from the Humboldt University, and in a worldwide clinical trial at the Complejo Asistencial Universitario in Burgos, as sub-researcher. He is associate editor and coordinator of the Ophthalmology Section for the online medical journal “MPG-Journal”. He has several awarded national and international publications and communications.

While specializing in ophthalmology he shows interest in eye photography, developing and patenting the Universal Funduscopic Smartphone Adaptor (Ret-iN CaM®), a device that transforms any smartphone into a portable retinograph. He is currently carrying out his doctoral thesis for the validation of Ret-iN CaM® in the screening of diabetic retinopathy. This research project is funded by the Regional Health Management of Castilla y León, Spain for 2020.

About Ret-iN CaM®

The device arises from the need to capture fundus images of patients assessed with ndirect ophthalmoscopy.

In the daily ophthalmological activity, many times it is not possible to take a photograph of the fundus with a fixed conventional retinograph (patient admitted to the ICU, anesthetized in the operating room, reduced mobility, neonates...), making it impossible to assess an objective follow-up. Problems also arise in rural areas or in developing countries, where the economy limits the purchase of an expensive retinograph.

The Ret-iN CaM® offers a simple, economical and portable solution for taking eye fundus photographs.

The Ret-iN CaM is manufactured with PLA, a fast biodegradable polymer produced from renewable raw materials. It is generated by polymerization of lactic acid from the fermentation of sugars derived from vegetables (corn starch and sugar beets). Thanks to 15% of carbon fibers incorporated in the filament, the material offers a rigidity to the device, offering resistance against shocks and falls.