Posted August 1, 2022
Innovations in eye care technology are helping keep employees’ eyes healthy. These advancements are rapidly changing treatment options for many eye problems, including diseases and chronic conditions. Some of these issues can severely damage eyesight and impact job performance. Review seven advancements in vision technology to improve employees’ eyes.
Eyewear for driving
Good vision is essential for driving any vehicle. But often, when driving, people feel tired, stressed or worried about weather conditions, especially at night. Now there are eyeglasses designed to improve drivers’ vision when driving. The lenses make it easier for people to adjust quickly to changing weather or light situations.
Customized 3-D eyewear
New 3-D printed eyewear blends today’s frame designs with enhanced comfort. The frames, including colors, can be customized with 3-D printing. Using computer technology, each person also can see how the glasses would look on their face before ordering them.
Advanced glaucoma testing
More than 3 million American adults live with glaucoma, which slowly steals a person’s eyesight. For years, eye doctors tested for glaucoma by dilating the eyes to see deep into the tissue. And puffed air on the eyes to check for pressure issues. Now, doctors can measure eye pressure and spot nerve damage using new technology. Finding signs of glaucoma early helps eye doctors treat the condition and slow it down.
Traditionally, eye doctors check vision using equipment with different lenses. By changing the lenses, the doctor can identify the best prescription to correct refraction issues.
However, new wavefront technology enables eye doctors to verify vision correction by focusing on how light travels through the eyes. This technology is more accurate in finding common vision problems and prescribing accurate vision prescriptions.
Better contact lens fitting
The cornea provides about 70% of the eye’s focusing power. New corneal mapping helps eye doctors view the shape of the cornea. This information helps the doctor better fit patients correctly for contact lenses. It’s especially beneficial for patients with an irregular cornea. Corneal mapping also allows eye doctors to see how people’s eyes respond and reflect light, which can assist in diagnosing eye problems.
Digital exam technology
Researchers describe the eyes as technological wonders. Using new digital technology, most of the old manual exam processes have been automated. This helps eye doctors more precisely measure visual acuity, see deep into eye tissues and collect data to identify potential problems.
Laser correction or repair
Millions of Americans enjoy better vision due to LASIK surgery. The technology is designed to reshape the cornea to improve how the eyes focus. The surgery corrects nearsightedness, astigmatism and farsightedness. Continued technological updates are enhancing the accuracy of the surgery. In addition, now laser photocoagulation can be used to repair a torn retina. The laser scans the retina, bonding it to underlying tissue to stop a tissue tear.