As the worldwide population ages, the demand for quality eye care keeps increasing. Luckily, we’re living in a moment with better access to treatments and therapies than ever before. Thanks to ophthalmology and a quickly advancing field bringing incredible new technologies to promote good health care for the eyes year after year.
As many exciting new trends and technologies are in development, ophthalmologists need to be aware of them. That’s why we selected a few that will be shaping the future of eye care in 2022 and beyond. Check out what’s next for eye care:
3D PrintingOne of the most exciting advances in ophthalmology is creating medical models and implants from 3D technology - a process that creates three-dimensional solid objects from a digital model.
The use of this technology has now become more affordable than ever, and the 3D printings can help ophthalmologists develop customized implants that fill their patients’ needs, besides assisting them in planning surgeries and even creating artificial corneas, which is thrilling news!
Another example is Bioniko, who has 3D-printed eye models for cataract surgery, retina, glaucoma and cornea. The Instagram video below shows a Bioniko eye in an iris-sutured Wet Lab recorded with MicroREC
Retina ImagingOphthalmology has made remarkable advancements in retina imaging, with the use of the revolutionary MicroREC 4k optical system for swift and accurate diagnoses of retinal diseases.
The pandemic has driven the healthcare technology landscape forward. A new wave of tech-savvy patients are demanding modern options that include high-resolution images of the cornea, retina, and other structures within the eye. The possibilities that come with MicroREC and other imaging are endless.
Artificial intelligenceArtificial intelligence (AI) is already a reality (and an ally) in many fields of work, and it wouldn't be different in health. Though it might seem like something that comes from a sci-fi movie, AI means that a computer system has the ability to learn and work independently of a person.
Artificial intelligence can be used by ophthalmologists for image recognition, diagnosis, and treatment. AI is also able to help physicians diagnose and treat eye diseases more effectively through their easy learning.
Laser Eye SurgeryLaser eye surgery has become so popular over the years that even Taylor Swift has talked about her successful procedure, which is good advertising for ophthalmologists. One of the major advantages of this laser eye surgery is being considered safe and effective.
Laser eye surgery can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism by removing a thin layer of tissue from the cornea. It’s a very recommended procedure option, and patients are satisfied with the results.
Synthetic Cornea ImplantsSynthetic cornea implants may be a relatively new treatment option for people with corneal blindness. Still, studies have shown that these implants, made with biocompatible materials, are very effective at restoring vision in those patients.
The best part? People of all ages can use these implants that don’t require any post-operative care.