Innovations in the future of eye care
Medical technology is constantly advancing, with new treatments and surgical solutions being developed every day. With innovations in eyesight correction, surgical techniques and diagnostic technology, the future of eye care is looking brighter than ever.
Cutting-edge laser surgery
Laser eye surgery has been steadily improving in quality since its first use more than 20 years ago, but after you find your LASIK practice in Denver, you may have questions about the latest developments in laser technology and eye care. The fundamental laser technology is the same, but the various systems that work with the technology have undergone great improvements. Lasers have been used for decades now in eye surgery, from removing cataracts to correcting vision problems such as myopia (near-sightedness).
One of the most significant areas of advancement in laser technology is not in its use as a cutting tool, but in its utility for diagnostics. Wave front technology is being used to measure the eye in preparation for LASIK surgery. Wave front takes measurement of the curvature of the cornea, taking note of all variables and potential aberrations that could result in complications during and after surgery. Wave front is also being used to measure the eye for contact lens fitting, allowing for a much more accurate fit.
Correcting vision to 20/20, or better, has always been the goal of the eye care industry. Now, technology is advancing to a point where doctors may be able to not only correct poor vision, but improve it to better than 20/20 vision – three times better, in fact. The Ocumetics Bionic Lens, invented by an optometrist in Canada, can be injected into the eye during a painless procedure similar to cataract surgery. The bionic lens uses a tiny biomechanical camera that can shift focus, allowing you to move very quickly between near and far sight.
The bionic lens is also being utilized as a replacement option for people with cataracts. Cataracts occur naturally as your eye grows older, the characteristic cloudy patches causing blurred vision. By implanting the bionic lens, your own lens is essentially replaced, so cataracts never grow.
Traditional prescription lenses have the same curvature angle across the entire surface of the lens. This means that if you look through the central area of the lens, your vision will be perfect, but if you look away from the center through another portion of the lens, your quality of vision will deteriorate.
Digital eyewear is becoming a much more attractive option for prescription lens wearers. This computer-aided vision technology produces clear vision over the entire surface of the lens, eliminating the prismatic or “fishbowl” effects that are commonly associated with prescription lenses. Digital lenses are now available in single vision or progressive, even bifocals, and are ideal for you if you need a strong prescription.
Innovations in eye care technology are making it easier for people of every age and eye condition to see better. Improvements to evaluating the eye and its condition are helping doctors better care for your eyes, enabling them to utilize laser treatments and the latest tech developments to heal, correct and improve your vision.