A Look At What’s New: New Tools in Eye Health

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In this three-part series, we will explore new advances in the optical world.  In this article, we’ll touch on three new tools transforming our eye health..  Look for our other pieces, New Discoveries in Eye Science and New Technology in Eye Treatment.   

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a 3D-imaging tool that has been called the eye “technology for the future”.  In a matter of seconds, optometrists can now painlessly photograph the layers of you eye and much more effectively spot diseases such as glaucoma, diabetes, and macular degeneration. (1)

There has been a lot of buzz, lately, about the possibilities of wearable eye technology, with big names such as Google, Sony, and Samsung hoping to crack into the eye industry.  (2)

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While some of these research projects have been focused on the consumer side of things (such as, creating camera lenses that are literally activated by the blink of an eye), there are also many hopeful advances in the medical arena.  (3)

Scientists, for example, are working to develop contact lenses that can easily and painlessly detect a variety of diseases through tear fluid. While, at this point, most of these projects are laboratory legends, some of the innovative products which have been released—such as the color-blindness adjuster lens—have many waiting for what’s in store.

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Online eye exams are a growing trend, amidst patients, although experts warn that this “exam” is false advertisement.  The American Optometric Association has labeled this new type of screening as dangerous, mostly because patients are unaware of the limits of these checks.  (5To read more about the difference between an iExam, and an in-office visit, click here.

 

 


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