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....
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...
Smart Contact Lenses

Smart Contact Lenses

Recent advancements in technology have sparked the innovation of smart wearable tech. Smart watches and Virtual Reality headsets are just two examples of very popular smart technologies that have taken off over the last few years. Smart contact lenses are on the rise and in development with many tech companies. Smart contact lenses open a plethora of doors for individuals and have a significant amount of potential to help people in various ways. Health A company called Medella Health has recently been working on contact lenses that could potentially help people identify their blood glucose level. The way the contact lens would track the glucose level would be through tears of the individual. Once the information is gathered, the micro-antenna in the contact will send a message to the individual’s smartphone with the information. The contact lens has a sensor and a chip installed in it to be able to track the information. Another company called Verily is starting to create similar smart technology for patients, but instead of it being a contact lens, the product would be an injection into one’s eye. Past and Future Information gathering smart lenses are still in the preliminary stages. We have come a long with wearable smart technology before. Smart contact lenses have helped people cure their color blindness and implementing multi-focal lenses instead of monofocal. The next step would be gathering information from the human body to determine health risks such as the  low-blood-sugar which companies like Medella and Verily are developing now. Thinking even further in the future would be to incorporate Augmented Reality into contact lenses. Augmented Reality (AR)...
The Science Behind Sight

The Science Behind Sight

When you were younger, I’m sure you were explained how people see and interpret things. Typical examples of explaining sight include referring to cameras and how they operate. Demonstrating how your eyes see and how cameras work is an effective way to help people understand vision but our vision is much more complicated than that. Receptors Our eyes are light receptors. Light is reflected off of an object which is then transferred into our eyes and processed by our brains. There are many different parts of the eye that allow the process of sight to happen. The components of a human eye are complex and deserve some explanation to understand how we see. Components The areas of the eye that we use to perceive light consist of the pupil, cornea, retina, lens, and optic nerve. All of these areas work together at incredible speeds to process information from our eyes. In the retina of the eye, millions of light receptors differentiate colors and textures of objects we see. These receptors are divided into two categories, cones, and rods. The cone receptors in the retina are responsible for determining the color of the object we are perceiving. The rods in the retina give us the contrast between light and dark. The other components of the eye that were mentioned all help the receptors in the retina perceive and take in the light. Cornea & Pupil The cornea is the outermost layer of the eye. The best way to describe the cornea is to think of it as the window to the eye. The cornea allows light to safely pass through...