Tech giants are spending billions researching eyecare in a novel approach to ensure consumers can enjoy mobile devices and other visual technologies for their entire lives. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to deduce that eyecare is of direct interest to any company selling devices for viewing media, such as smartphones, computers, tablets and more. Certainly, the increased penetration of such technologies in day-to-day life is exacerbating strain on the eyes and forcing companies such as Microsoft, IBM and Google to research eyecare.
Mobile health tools for professionals and patients
As mobile devices become an indispensable technology in today’s world, developers will find a way to maximize smartphones and tablets in enhancing eye care services, both on from the provider and patient’s end.
Ophthalmologists and eye care professionals are now aided with innovative tools that make eye examinations efficient and more accurate. Smart Optometry is a new technology that leverages Android and iOS devices in assisting doctors through eye examinations, patients with eye therapy, and the general public in monitoring their eye health and preventing eye damage.
Soon, it’s probably that we will see doctors carrying head-mounted displays with ophthalmic technologies that could replace the ones used in clinics. By then, doctors will be able to provide eye health assistance, even to those in remote areas.
While ophthalmic mobile apps are convenient and efficient, they cannot replace clinical judgment. It’s still necessary to have a regulation of mobile apps partnered with evidence-based trials to benefit both patients and healthcare providers.
Wearables for eye care
Aside from smartphones and health apps, wearables are becoming a vital tool in managing health. They do more than just track vital signs, as the next wave of wearable devices will be able to assist people in fixing some of their health problems, such as correcting eye issues.
At the moment, smartwatches offer almost the same features as their paired handsets. Tech resource O2 cited some of the known benefits of wearables including alarm clocks, sleep monitors, activity trackers, health data managers, gaming platforms, restaurant recommendations, notifications, maps and more.
“Whether you want to catch up on the news, make sure you’re staying active or even play soothing noises to help you sleep, there’s all sorts that a smartwatch can help you with,” as explained on O2’s inspirational hub article ‘Day with a smartwatch’.
Due to innovation, future wearables will be smarter, more powerful, and will be better at monitoring health. Take for example, the Smart Contact Lens that many digital tech firms, such as Google, Sony, and Samsung, are working on right now that can help people in correcting their eye problems. This particular wearable fitted with an artificial iris will be able to aid patients with eye injuries and congenital diseases, according to Katherine Bourzac’s IEEE Spectrum article.
Currently, there’s no specific time on when we will be able to see this technology on the market as it faces multiple challenges in the development stage. But, it’s something to look forward to in the future.
Whatever comes next, the latest developments in eye technology are already providing a world of possibilities to enhance patients’ vision and eye care. It is only fitting that we maximize them and future technologies to provide ourselves with the best possible eye care and visual performance available. Whether it’s a technology that aids patients or medical professionals, the future looks very promising at this point.