Using Virtual Reality To Train Eye Doctors

Using Virtual Reality To Train Eye Doctors

New technological advances such as virtual reality (VR) have been used to help eye care patients in recent years. Now, some companies are utilizing the incredibly useful VR technology for training doctors for real life situations. This article will briefly talk about how VR is being used to train doctors and the positive outcomes of VR and other developing technologies. Testing Normally, eye doctors would receive training on on surgical procedures from observation and on patients. This can be a risky way of training surgeons and VR is helping to eliminate the risk entirely. A biotech company called Genentech has developed a high-grade version of VR that eye surgeons can use to simulate performing surgery on patients. Tech In recent years, the VR headsets had only been used for gaming purposes. The headsets tended to have a delay making the technology at the time unusable for medical testing and procedures. Now, with costs lowered for the VR headsets and the improvement of the tech, VR can be used more seriously in medical practice. Putting on the VR headset, the surgeon is immersed into a world where the smallest movements and gestures affect what they see and hear. Surgeons can now simulate performing common procedures such as cataract surgery with real tools laid out for them. Everything about the VR procedure is as real as it can be but, biotech companies like Genentech are still looking to improve the VR tech to the most optimal level.= Other Uses Many biotech companies are investing in VR and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies to improve many medical procedures. The popularity of VR and...
Eyewear Trends in 2019

Eyewear Trends in 2019

Whether one has a prescription for them or just likes wearing them to make a fashion statement, eyewear is one of the hottest style accessories going. The right pair or pairs can transform an ensemble, attitude and turn heads. Every season, new eyewear trends emerge, and for 2019, both the runway and social media are showing off all kinds of bold and beautiful frames. TV icons like Oprah Winfrey are obsessed with striking eyewear and don’t leave home without a snazzy pair on. There are plenty of cool options just waiting to enhance every unique face shape and set of features out there. New York-based eyewear company Vint & York is always at the forefront of fashionable eyewear and sees 2019 as an opportunity to treat one’s peepers to some vibrancy in color, revamped classics or a pair adorned with extraordinary details. For instance, the popular eyewear designers are forecasting strong red frames as one choice that also leads to pink and purple frames. These flirty girly shades give a woman a playful vibe and are especially appealing to college-age students. Classic gold metal eyeglasses are a sophisticated option for both men and women, and in 2019, round frames in gold are perfect for the work environment. This style is refined and simple and never goes out of fashion. Vint & York also fancy eyeglass frames in modern prints to dazzle the eyes. Marble-toned frames are a great take on the classic tortoiseshell look and give the wearer’s ensemble that extra touch of hipness. In addition, vintage nude frames are hot in shades like caramel, light brown and beige....
Blue Light and Your Eyes

Blue Light and Your Eyes

Many electronic devices like the smartphone, tablet and computer screens all contain it, and even natural sunlight has a ton of it. It’s just about everywhere one looks. It’s called blue light, and these short-wavelength, high-energy light rays can cause more harm than good when too much of them are exposed to the eyes. Science shows that blue light is a good thing during the daylight hours as it enhances mood and attention span, but once nighttime falls, blue light takes a naughty turn by messing up the body’s natural circadian rhythm and forcing one to stay alert or to wake up. Macular Degeneration One of the most serious conditions too much blue light can cause is the development of age-related macular degeneration. The light damages the retinal molecules and kills off the essential photoreceptor cells. When photoreceptor cells are destroyed, that is it. The cells cannot be regenerated. Macular degeneration results in significant vision loss, and sadly, it’s an incurable disease. Scientists are hoping to someday introduce a special eye drop that will protect the sensitive retinal photoreceptor cells. The disease is growing in number yearly, especially in the United States where more than two million new cases of age-related macular degeneration are reported. Devices Children are growing up in a high-tech world obsessed with their electronic devices and mostly unaware of the damage blue light is quietly doing. Researchers recommend that people of all ages stop looking at their smartphones or laptops in the dark and to put on sunglasses that can filter both UV rays and blue light outside. Digital eye strain is another issue that...
Prism Correction

Prism Correction

A majority of the world’s population suffers from some sort of vision impairment that needs correcting. If you have ever received a glasses prescription you may have been recommended prism lenses to help correct your vision. Although prisms are not used in every prescription for glasses they are used in certain types of vision correction. This blog will help explain the purpose of prism correction and how it works. Double Vision Prism correction is mainly used to help people who experience double vision. When someone experiences double vision, they see two images of a single object at the same time. These symptoms can be mild, as some people only see small fragments of a second image making what they are looking at seem fuzzy. This kind of vision impairment is called diplopia and is mostly treated through prism correction. Another reason for using prism correction is to help patients adjust their eyes to a proper formation. Patients may have difficulty moving their eyes inward or outward together and prism correction can help them make that adjustment. Prism Lenses Prism lenses are different from optical lenses and therefore are used for different purposes. Optical lenses help people who suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Optical lenses will bend light for us to be able to view objects better. Prism lenses work in a similar way by bending and refracting light so that you are now able to see an object as a single image instead of two. The lenses will trick your brain into interpreting what you are seeing so that your double vision is corrected. As with other types...
Ocular Photography

Ocular Photography

Opthamologists are constantly using technology to gain a better understanding of what diseases are plaguing the eye. If you have ever been to the eye doctors before for a procedure then you have probably had pictures taken of your eyes. Ocular photography or external ocular photography serves a crucial purpose in diagnosing and identifying eye diseases and problems. This article will give an overview of how external ocular works and the capabilities it has to help patients and medical professionals. Equipment There is a variety of equipment that can be used during eye exams to diagnose a wide range of problems within the eye. Some basic and common pieces of equipment that you may have seen or heard of before include a Phoropter, Retinal Camera, and Slit Lamp. Phoropter – also spelled Phoroptor is one of the most common pieces of equipment people think about when they imagine an eye doctor’s office. A Phoropter is used to test an individual’s vision and identify if they may suffer from something like nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. The Phoropter gives the doctor the ability to adjust the intensity of a lens on the fly allowing them to analyze how your vision is corrected through the different intensities. The patient plays a integral part in this because they ultimately decide what lens they think works best for their vision by answering questions from the eye doctor as they change the lens intensity. Retinal Camera – A Retinal Camera is used to view the back of your eyes including the retina and optic disk. The optic disk holds the optic nerve which is responsible...
Small Incision Cataract Surgery

Small Incision Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in people. Cataracts have a variety of symptoms that can worsen over time — blurriness, double vision, difficulty seeing at night or in light, and colors that seem faded. Cataracts are a progressive ailment and should be treated properly once symptoms are being noticed. There are a number of ways that cataracts can be treated. Initial options to treat cataracts are receiving a stronger prescription on your glasses, anti-glare sunglasses, or even magnifying lenses. In more progressive cases of cataracts, a surgical procedure may need to take place in order to restore proper vision. One of the surgeries that can be performed is called a Small-incision cataract surgery, (SICS) sometimes referred to as manual small-incision cataract surgery or sutureless extra-capsular cataract extraction. This article will briefly talk about what cataracts are and how a SICS procedure can help restore vision. What Are Cataracts? Every person has a lens in their eye that helps them filter light and perceive objects. Cataracts cause your lens to become cloudy, ultimately affecting your vision. Cataracts can be caused by a number of reasons why people get cataracts, but the main cause is age. The proteins in your eye that make up the lens start to deteriorate as you age and is a gradual process. Other causes can include Diabetes, eye injury, medications, or prolonged sun exposure. I severe cases, a surgery like a SICS can be performed. Small-Incision Cataract Surgery A SICS is a proficient and cost-effective procedure that can replace your natural lens with an intraocular lens or IOL. The surgeon will have to make...