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Ocuelar - Remote Eye Drop Medication Adherence Solution

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-22-P-1056
Agency Tracking Number: FX212-CSO1-0247
Amount: $749,929.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF212-CSO1
Solicitation Number: X21.2
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-07-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-10-23
Small Business Information
160 W Valley, Suite B
San Gabriel, CA 91776-3765
United States
DUNS: 080144019
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Albert Alaan
 (310) 729-5914
Business Contact
 Carl Wong
Phone: (562) 335-3531
Research Institution

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) surgery is a type of refractive laser eye surgery used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism by reshaping the cornea. PRK surgeries are very popular among active-duty DAF personnel as they enable Airmen to safely and quickly continue performing their duties and meet vision requirements without the need of glasses or contact lenses, which can impair performance and affect mission success. After a refractive surgery, which is also frequently performed in conjunction with cataract removal surgeries, patients are required to use eyedrop medications for up to 8 weeks to prevent infection and inflammation. However, medication non-compliance can cause postoperative complications including keratitis and uveitis, which add to patient care costs, lower quality of life, and can prevent DAF personnel from returning to their duties. In response, 231 Sheep has developed the Ocuelar platform, composed of: the Ocuelar SmartCap, a battery-free capsule that attaches to standard eyedrop bottles, monitoring patients’ eyedrop medication usage; the Ocuelar Patient App, a smartphone application that displays the data collected from the SmartCap and provides patients with analytics, feedback, and motivation to improve medication adherence; and Ocuelar Admin, a cloud platform for physicians, caregivers, and relatives to monitor patient adherence to medication.

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