Modern medicine keeps improving. As time goes on, we learn more about our bodies and how to heal them. This especially holds true in the field of eye care. We have come a long way.
The Bionic Eye in 2018
The concept of a bionic eye sounds like science fiction but is something we have access to right now. It is technically referred to as a retinal implant device. This technology utilizes a 3 mm by 3 mm 2 silicone chip that is equipped with 1,500 light sensitive elements. The chip can send signals to the brain and is controlled by a device that is implanted behind the ear.
Advances in Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatment
Along with new breakthroughs, we are also improving existing methods of treatment. Age-related macular degeneration is currently the leading cause of blindness in developing countries. Improved compounds and delivery methods are being introduced to increase the effectiveness of medication. Creating a drug that works is only part of the answer. We must also find a way to make these treatments affordable so that they are available to more people.
A Push for Attainable Eye Care
A recent National Geographic article by David Dobbs highlighted medical advancements along with the growing need for eye care in areas that cannot afford it. More effort is being made to bring treatment to more places throughout the world. If the effort succeeds, this could mean a future without blindness.
The best way to prepare for the future is with regular, comprehensive eye exams. Contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey’s Michigan’s Leading Eye Care Physicians to schedule an appointment and take the first step in preserving your vision.
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