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Qualcomm and Xi’an Kingtone join forces in the treatment of Amblyopia in children
Qualcomm Incorporated through its Wireless Reach initiative, and Xian Kingtone Information Technology …
Qualcomm Incorporated through its Wireless Reach initiative, and Xi’an Kingtone Information Technology Co. Ltd. in collaboration with China Children and Teenagers’ Fund, today announced the launch of the Mobile Vision Project. The project utilizes a 3G-enabled mobile application developed by Xi’an Kingtone Information, smartphones powered by Qualcomm chipsets and 3G wireless connectivity to assist doctors in collecting and archiving information related to the screening and treatment of children with amblyopia in underserved communities in China. According to the National Eye Institute at the United States National Institutes of Health, amblyopia, also referred to as “lazy eye”, is the most common cause of vision impairment in childhood. If detected early, amblyopia is treatable; however, if not, it can cause lifelong disability. In China, a key reason for lack of treatment is that clinicians in rural areas often lack the knowledge on how to properly diagnose and care for children with this disease. Additionally, financial hardship prevents many children in remote areas from traveling to urban areas for therapy, where even there challenges in diagnosis and care are encountered.