New technologies in eye care mean that knowing your options is more important than ever before. As the world around us seems to be spinning faster and more improved ways of getting the job done are coming about in health care; eye care is not being left out. New technology and innovations are changing the world of eye care from eye exams, eye treatments, surgical procedures to equipment and recovery. There always seems to be a new test or instrument to enhance a patient’s vision. Instruments are now so automated and user friendly almost anyone can operate them.
Today people receive improved eye care services that are aided by bio-engineered products and sophisticated equipment with all the necessary caution for a successful outcome. Developments in eye care technology are already creating a world of possibilities to improve your vision and eye health. Surgical procedures have become more precise and shorter in duration with the recovery time being reduced to half.
Wave front analysis measures how the eye focuses light, this advanced technique creates an eye map which eases diagnosis of eye problems. Many treatment centers now use laser technology, Lasik, whether it is for measuring the focus or reshaping the cornea to give you better vision. Diode lasers are used to treat retinal tears by scarring the retina so it bonds to the underlying tissue and prevents further retinal detachment.
Corneal topography creates a three dimensional map of the front and back surface of the eye enabling doctors to understand how disease affects the eye’s structures, to guide surgery and to design contact lenses to give patients better vision. Ocular coherence topography is a non-invasive imaging test that uses light waves to take a cross section of the retina, the light sensitive layer of the eye. The images may be evaluated to help with diagnosis and treatment. Fundus cameras can take a real time picture of the eye to assist in monitoring progression of diseases like diabetes.
Glaucoma can now be detected at a very early stage without causing any damage to the optical nerve fibers and this prevents the onset of blindness. It is now possible to track all changes in eye pressure around the clock. Physicians can treat every type of glaucoma promptly and precisely thereby increasing the chances of a positive outcome. Also, an early diagnosis means less complications and a quicker resolution. Instead of the customary eye drops to help lower intraocular pressure, glaucoma patients now have many innovative procedures available — and several as front-line treatments
Due to innovation wearables for eye care will be smarter, more powerful, and will be better at monitoring health. Currently Digital tech firms, such as Google, Sony, and Samsung, are working on the Smart Contact Lens that can help people in correcting their eye problems. Fitted with an artificial iris it will be able to aid patients with eye injuries and congenital diseases. Currently, there’s no specific time on when we will be able to see this technology on the market as it faces multiple challenges in the development stage. But, it’s something to look forward to in the future.
Carmen Marshall is an Optometrist who is committed to ongoing professional education, implementing the latest technology, and providing the most current and effective care to her patients. She earned a B.Optom at the then RAU (now UJ) and also holds a diploma in Schools Vision and has attended certified courses on Diabetic Optometry and various Contact Lens Courses. She has international experience and works to a very high standard. She is the owner of a private optometry practice in Harare.