OCT - the eye: a window to blood and brain diseases
To poets, the eye is a window to the soul. To doctors and scientists using the newest generation of OCT, it's a window to our brain and circulatory system. With OCT, devastating diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's can be detected earlier than ever before - enlarging the window of opportunity for future treatments.
OCT - bringing the eye doctor to you
No one likes making doctor's appointments. You have to take time off from work, travel to the office and sit in a waiting room. In the case of an eye exam, you also get your eyes dilated and walk around with blurred vision and light sensitivity for the rest of the day.
Wouldn't it be great if the eye doctor came to you instead - and didn't have to dilate your eyes? New technologies like OCT could one day soon let you take an eye exam while sitting in a department store or with your smartphone.
OCT - a better view during surgery
Surgeons rely on their eyes to determine what to fix in our bodies. Unfortunately, the problem is often difficult to see or lies below the surface. To better guide surgeon's eyes, technologies like OCT are being brought into the operating room to help a surgeon decide where to operate, and just as importantly, when to stop.
OCT - staying ahead of preemie vision disease
Most parents know there are fewer medical options available for sick children compared to adults. The options are even more limited when it comes to treating the most vulnerable - premature babies.
Fortunately, pioneering doctors and engineers are working to adapt existing medical technologies like OCT for use in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). The result? An ability to see in the tiniest of eyes, monitor their fragile development and preserve vision for a long, healthy life.
OCT - government-funded discovery
New technologies like smartphones, self-driving cars and OCT are not invented out of thin air. They require decades of work by thousands of dedicated scientists and engineers to bring them to life. They also require money - lots of it. But, there are not many companies willing or able to devote the massive sums necessary to develop an idea into a product.
Fortunately, government funding around the world exists to support the first steps of a technology's development. OCT owes its success in part to taxpayers willing to invest in biomedical research.
OCT - detecting a stealthy disease - glaucoma
What if you had a disease that slowly progressed without you noticing? What if the damage done could never be undone? And what if that damage was to your vision?
Glaucoma is a stealthy, vision-stealing disease that was very hard for doctors to detect - before OCT. But with this new technology, doctors can diagnose the disease and offer treatment even before a patient notices any vision loss.
OCT - taking the guesswork out of diabetic eye disease
Diabetes affects the entire body - including our eyes. Yet, monitoring diabetic eye disease used to be a guessing game that doctors did not enjoy playing.
With OCT, doctors no longer have to guess if the vision of a person with diabetes is getting better or worse, and patients can see for themselves images that show how effective they have been in managing their disease.
OCT - catching macular degeneration before vision loss
Growing old leads to a growing number of health problems, including those that challenge our ability to see. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease that "” until recently "” robbed the elderly of the ability to read, drive and see the faces of their loved ones.
Thanks to the invention of OCT, doctors can catch the disease before vision is lost. And with the aid of new drugs, AMD can be stopped in its tracks.