Oct 20, 2017

Solutions for Human Vision — Technology to the Rescue

SSight is one of the senses that can't be replicated by technology — at least not yet. Eyes and how they interpret light — much like a camera lens — limits the ability of technology to replace its natural functions, such as interpreting, gathering and focusing images. However, advances in technology, which is a steadily evolving field, are providing solutions including techniques and procedures to improve human vision.

The following statistics prove the importance of technology for human vision

One of the challenges in disability and assistive technology is finding funding. However, the National Eye Institute (NEI) has funded some technologies that are under development aimed at lessening the impact of low vision and blindness. The National Institutes of Health has also funded a project that aims to develop a precision navigation app for the blind.

Vision Problems — Types

The following are the most common types of vision problems:

Technology to the Rescue of Human Vision

Technology is so diverse that at times, solutions stem from instances that are not directly related to the human eye. For example, necessary improvements on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope led to building better contact lenses and more accurate laser surgery. Considered a blunder as it produced blurry images, the Telescope needed corrective optics to fix the problem. Abbott Medical Optics', Dan Neal, helped create perfectly designed corrective lenses for the eyes using wavefront technology originally used to adjust space telescopes to reduce distortions when viewing distant objects.

Numerous device-based technologies have been developed to help aid eyesight problems.

These devices include:

Device Based Technology Solutions

Technology based Surgical Solutions

Technology based non-surgical solutions