Prescription eyewear has come a long way since founding father Benjamin Franklin invented the bifocals in the 18th Century. With the proliferation of smartphones, tablets, and various mobile-based applications, the marriage of health science and technology was bound to result in ideas that have helped revolutionize the field of medical eye care.

Google Glass

Google Glass, a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display, could be one of ophthalmology’s millennial children. CNN’s Heather Kelly focuses on Google Glass’ future in her article:

“On Tuesday, Google announced it will add Google Glass options for prescription glasses, its most requested feature since it launched the face-mounted computers last year.

The move is the latest attempt by Google to make the beta version of its connected eyewear more fashionable and consumer friendly before it releases the product to the broader public toward the end of 2014.”

Software and apps that can perform eye exams and cataract tests, and even those that guide users to properly care for their eyes, are out in the market for people to download– either for free or for a fee. MIT has even developed a cataract-testing app that doctors can use to perform the seemingly impossible task of diagnosing patients from the most remote regions of the world.

The symbiotic relationship between medical science and technology will create boundless possibilities to improve how professionals deliver eye care services. Skilled Indianapolis eye doctors benefit from continuing improvements in technology, as they allow them to provide personalized services tailored to the specific needs of each patient, like prescription glasses.

Currently, prescription glass wearers complain that the glasses are cumbersome, headache-inducing, or don’t work in all situations. Eye doctors in Indianapolis, like those working for Moody Eyes, hope that advancements in technology can address these issues as well. Eyeglasses are basic commodities in today’s world but these should help improve people’s eyesight without bringing any feeling of discomfort.

The load of research-based technological products have yet to roll out. People who work in the eye care profession hope that any new innovation can help them deliver precise and reliable services to patients and clients. On the other hand, the general public merely wishes for cutting edge technology to help them gain a normal functioning life.

(Source: Google Glass adds style, prescription lenses, Heather Kelly, March 3, 2014)