Millions of people have impaired vision due to late diagnosis
Today, more than 10% of the world’s population over 60 years has age-related macular degeneration which causes vision loss and leads to blindness. According to the World Health Organization (WHO): “285 million people are visually impaired worldwide: 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 in order to prevent eye diseases 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 the eye specialist 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 optimised 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, video-rate high-resolution 3D OCT which will increase the ease and certainty in medical diagnostics.