LaunchPad: Web Tech NECO Professor Releases OCT Visual Atlas App By Staff Monday, April 15, 2019 12:08 AM Product: OCTaVIATop Line: OCTaVIA, a visual reference OCT app, is now available free to eyecare professionals and optometry/ophthalmology students of all levels on the Apple App Store. The iOS Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) app was developed by Elena Z Biffi, OD, assistant professor, New England College of Optometry (NECO) and attending optometrist at South Boston Community Health Center to assist in the diagnosis and management of retinal disorders in their daily practice. Dr. Biffi notes, “There is an urgent need in education and clinical practice for a dedicated smartphone/tablet app that can present a well-annotated OCT images for multiple diseases in a fast, clear and easy manner. OCTaVIA is this app.”Close Up: The OCTaVIA app provides eyecare professionals with normal OCT reference material and corresponding OCT with Fundus Photography images for multiple retinal disease conditions, as well as a brief disease-specific description of OCT images, high-yield key considerations and useful links to aid in the differential diagnosis. The intuitive search function provides access to dozens of retinal disease, allowing for easy and rapid access for students and doctors in busy clinical and teaching settings. Cases are presented in alphabetical order for easy offline access. Within the app, users can find detailed normal images with reference to normal OCT layer-by-layer descriptions and nomenclature for retinal location and retinal OCT layer abnormalities. “The information is right at our finger tips with the reliable OCTaVIA app,” said Amy Moy, OD, FAAO, director of optometry, Boston Children’s Hospital at Martha Eliot.Vital Stats: The app was developed with financial support from the American Optometric Foundation and Johnson & Johnson Innovation in Education Grant. OCTaVIA is currently available for free on the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad users.