Welch Allyn, Skaneateles Falls, NY, a medical diagnostic device company, has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for the Welch Allyn iExaminer, a product that integrates advanced eye exam technology with the iPhone.

The new product consists of a hardware adapter and associated software that allows health care providers to capture, store, send, and retrieve images from the Welch Allyn PanOptic ophthalmoscope using the iPhone 4 or 4S.

The PanOptic features patented optical technology that creates a viewing area of the fundus and retinal nerve in an undilated pupil that is five times larger than that of a traditional ophthalmoscope and increases magnification by 26% to more easily see retinal details. The Welch Allyn iExaminer rapidly captures and transmits the retinal images created by the PanOptic for easy, cost-effective eyeground image documentation.