Emerging technologies may change ophthalmic landscape

February 15, 2022

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Habash R. The Future of Eye Care: Science Fiction to Science Facts. Presented at: Glaucoma 360 New Horizons Forum; February 11, 2022; San Francisco.


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SAN FRANCISCO – According to the speaker, the ophthalmic landscape is on the verge of a “massive explosion” in technology.

“It’s at hand, and we’re about to go on a very interesting trip.” Rania Habash, MD, said during the opening of the program speech at the Glaucoma 360 New Horizons Forum.

Ranya Habash

Habash compared new eye care technologies to the devices used in Star Trek and described the clinical applications of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI). One part of the technology she described is a smartphone app that can be used for physiological eye monitoring.

“Now you can really look at the conjunctival vessels and conduct physiological monitoring right from them,” Habash said. “In fact, it’s one of the easiest and best places to do it, because the smartphone technology that’s out there will show you the different wavelengths of light and pulsations in your blood vessels.”

Habash also described the “brain-machine interface,” which is the concept of using machine learning to decipher bioelectrical activity data in the brain. Both wearables and implants can be used, she said.

The wearable AR and VR goggles could potentially be used to test the field of vision and macula, refraction and monitor eye movements, she said. In addition, AI-based therapeutics may be helpful in glaucoma, and biosensors may aid in continuous IOP monitoring.

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