Millions of People Have Impaired Vision Due to Late Diagnosis
Today, more than 10% of the world’s population over the age of 60 has age-related macular degeneration which causes vision loss and leads to blindness. According to the World Health Organization (WHO): “285 million people worldwide are visually impaired: 39 million are blind and 246 have low vision. 80% of all visual impairment can be avoided or cured”. Early diagnosis and follow-up treatments is necessary to prevent eye diseases from turning into blindness.
Early diagnosis is limited by the ability to make 3D OCT images of the eye. OCT is a non-invasive imaging technique used extensively by eye specialists to obtain cross-sectional images of the eye for diagnosis and treatment. Today, it is only possible to make partial 3D OCT images of the eye as the eye constantly moves. The current technology is not fast enough to take a full image of the eye within those small movements. Full 3D OCT images of the eye is necessary to assess the condition of the eye and to ensure that nothing is overlooked. With a full 3D OCT image of an eye, treatments can be optimized leading to better sight and better life quality.
Our Technology Enables Early Diagnosis
We have developed a swept light source technology that makes it possible to take full 3D OCT images of the eye and we are currently developing our first beta prototype. Once finished, our product will be a competitively priced OCT Swept Laser with higher imaging speed and range that will enable wide-field, high-resolution video-rate 3D OCT which will increase the ease and certainty in medical diagnostics.
As our technology is both better and more affordable than what is currently on the market, we hope to make full 3D OCT imaging more accessible, which will improve early diagnosis of eye diseases. Long term, we hope this will improve the sight and life quality for millions of people.