The Future of Eye Care: Where We’re Headed
The eye care industry is an exciting one, as it is always innovating. As more advanced technologies progress, the standard of eye care has improved in kind. So what’s next for the future eye care? Here are some advancements you can expect.
All about Image
Imaging technology is continuing to thrive in the eye care world. With better imaging technology, eye doctors are able to spend less time taking measurements, and can concentrate on patient management.
Another amazing advancement in eye care is digital retinal photography. The retina is one of the most important eye structures to assess during an exam, and this type of camera holds a library of images that the patient can see, and these images can also be consulted for future visits. Plus, this technology is a huge step in being able to diagnose diabetic retinopathy earlier.
Catching It Early
Since eye technology is getting so sophisticated, early detection is much more common. This type of technology includes optical coherence tomography (OCT). As a result, the retina can be viewed in exceptional detail, and doctors can go deep beneath the layers of the retina to detect potential diseases earlier.
OCT is a non-invasive test that does not take long to administer. This test is convenient for opticians as well as patients, as they are able to cater a management plan for the patient. This technology takes 3D images of the retina, and takes such detailed measurements that eye doctors are able to treat potential retinal diseases such as macular degeneration, macular edema, and the previously mentioned diabetic retinopathy.
OCT can also diagnose diseases located in the optic nerve. This exam can easily see changes that occur in the optic nerve, and if there is cause of concern, they can detect diseases such as glaucoma at its earliest stages. Plus, OCT prevents patients from having to make a rush to the emergency. Certain doctors share their findings with ophthalmologists working in hospitals and their own patients, so this gives the patient more knowledge about their condition.
Imaging isn’t the only technology that’s advancing. Your everyday contact lenses are becoming more convenient for clients. This is because the latest technology in contact lenses allows for them to be more comfortable to use while improving vision. These lenses are able to correct patients’ long-distance and near-sighted vision, and are especially useful for elderly patients.
Contacts are generally preferred by patients as opposed to glasses. Since contacts are used so often, it is important to ensure contacts are simple to use in order for patients to see more clearly. Specifically, the latest in contact lens technology is lenses that slow down myopia (short-sightedness) from developing in children. This is huge news for children who struggle with their vision, and will shape how it improves in the next few years. Even though there is no preventative measure for myopia, reducing the amount it progresses will help ameliorate eye disease later in life.
Another benefit of emerging contact lens technology is something convenient for many patients: anti-allergy contact lenses. These lenses are not only effective when it comes to wearing contact lenses and accounting for allergies – they also have the capability to monitor both diabetes and glaucoma.
The world of eye care is definitely the one to watch, with new innovations being developed constantly. At Dr. Ghosheh’s Advanced Eye Medical, we are thrilled to implement the latest technologies. Our team always stays up-to-date so our patients can receive the best eye care possible.