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Most elderly patients suffering from glaucoma find it hard to remember using eye drops, especially when they suffer from memory lapses and have to use up to four different bottles.

In 2016, a team of six consisting of two NUS Medicine students and a research engineer, as well as doctors and staff from National University Hospital (NUH) conceptualised a device that tackles this problem. EyeDEA – a two-in-one card and wearable that tracks the usage of eye drops among elderly glaucoma patients and reminds them when to use the eye drops.

Although the team has just begun clinical trials in the pilot phase, the innovative solution won them the Grant4Apps Singapore challenge in early May 2017 – a call for innovative health-tech solutions to improve the medication adherence of elderly people with chronic diseases across Asia-Pacific.

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