Sioux Falls, Iowa, U.S.A., March 25, 2018 — Ophthalmologists and researchers in the U.K. are exploring ways to use lasers to produce images of children with conditions ranging from vision problems to epilepsy.DFeOculars, which has been developing its technology since 2013, has demonstrated an approach that combines lasers with a polymer to create images of people with a range of conditions ranging between mild vision loss and epilepsy.
Researchers have found that the technique works well for a wide range of ocular conditions and conditions in which vision is impaired, including multiple sclerosis, cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, catastrophic optic neuropathy and a range in the eye that is affected by macular damage, according to a study by the University of Oxford and DFe Ophthalmology.
“This is an exciting new technology that could have tremendous impact on the medical world,” said Dr. Richard Evans, an ophthalmosurgical resident and director of DFe’s Eye and Vision Institute.
“We’ve seen a lot of eye disorders, like retinitis pigmentosa, which affect vision in many people, but we’ve never seen an ocular model that can be used to treat it, which is why we’ve been looking at ways to combine it with other technologies to make it a more effective treatment.”
“This technology is a really important breakthrough that could potentially be a life-saving technology,” Evans added.
Dr. Andrew Jones, chief medical officer at DFe, said the technology could be used in many ocular disorders.
“We can’t predict how people will respond to this, but the technology has the potential to revolutionize ophthalmic care in a way that’s not just cosmetic surgery but also to treat other conditions as well,” Jones said.
The company’s new technique is based on a unique polymer, called N-pentanal, that can bind to a protein in the retina called the photoreceptor, which in turn allows light to pass through the eye.
“N-pentane is an interesting polymer, as it has a different structure than the regular polymer, which means it can pass through these proteins and get to the retina,” Evans said.
“It also has a unique shape.
It’s very, very, flexible.”
In the study, researchers compared the photopigments in a range, from mild to severe, maculopapular macular loss, to evaluate the effect of laser treatment on the photos of children in the study.
Researchers used an array of laser-induced photopillows to test different treatments.
For a mild macular lesion, they used an optical microscope with a diffraction grating to image the cells.
The technique worked in the presence of the laser but not when the lasers were focused on the surrounding tissue.
For a severe macular lesions, the team used an instrument that has a diffractometer and a spectrometer, and measured the number of dark cells that were removed using the spectrometers.
They also examined the number and size of these cells using the diffraction microscope.
Results showed that laser treatments significantly improved the photos in children with maculosacral maculopathy.
This improvement was significant, especially for the severe lesions.
“It was remarkable,” Jones told Crypto Coins.
“These kids had a much improved image compared to when they had no treatment.”
The technique could be useful in other conditions.
It could also be used for eye surgeries, as patients might be able to use the material to reconstruct their vision or treat other ocular issues.DFE hopes to have its technique commercially available in 2020.
The DFe Optical Laboratory in Oxford, England, is a non-profit research institute that develops cutting-edge scientific and technical solutions that improve the health and quality of life of people and communities around the world.
In addition to its primary research, the institute focuses on commercializing new technologies to help improve the lives of people, as well as advancing the world in technology, health, and the environment.
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