Trending this year: Eye tech that caters to you

Trends in vision technology

Remember when technology was simply there to make life easier? Before a lost phone could throw you into a two-week spiral? Before computer viruses? Before red light cameras and beeping smoke detectors?

It can be that way again – at least in the world of vision care. The latest trends signal technology is focused on comfort, speed and precision.

Vision care is one of the fastest growing medical specialties. It’s no coincidence that technological advances are also springing up at a record pace. Not robot butlers or cars that massage your feet on the way to work, but a growing collection of advanced care options that make for faster, more pleasant eye exams and a more accurate prescription.

It’s a better eye care experience. Even more, it’s better quality of life.

You’re going to see some amazing things at your next eye exam. (You’ll see even more amazing things after!) More and more eye doctors are using this digital technology because they know it’s good for you. They know how eye health and overall health are linked. Plus, they want you to have the best possible experience.

Here are a few technological wonders you may come across:

No-puff glaucoma testing

The infamous “puff of air” is one way to test for glaucoma, an all-too-common eye disease that can cause blindness. But now there’s a better way. A new, no-puff glaucoma test allows your doctor to measure your eye pressure and look for nerve damage. That’ right – no uncomfortable air puff and no dilating eye drops. You might feel a little nostalgic for the anxious, wide-eyed anticipation. But it’s doubtful.

Wavefront technology

A phoropter. A refractor. That bug-eyed contraption with (what seems like) dozens of changing lenses. Whatever you call it, answering the question “Which looks better, 1 or 2?” can leave you anxious about giving the right answer. Your response is only going to decide how well you see for the next year or two, right? Wavefront technology is different. Developed at first for LASIK surgery, it tests for vision problems by focusing on the way light travels through your eye. That’s pretty cool. It’s faster than the traditional eye contraption, it’s more accurate and it’s better at finding less common vision problems.

Corneal topography

Ever seen a topographical map? It’s a map that shows the actual dimensions of mountains, valleys, rivers and other landscape features. Corneal topography is just like that – a dimensional map of your cornea. Knowing the exact shape of your cornea can come in handy when making contact lenses that fit well. It’s also helpful to see how your eyes treat and reflect light. The test is painless, non-invasive and takes a few seconds.

CLARIFYE® digital eye exams

Every eye has a unique fingerprint. Strange, but true. CLARIFYE gives you a clear picture of this uniqueness. CLARIFYE is LensCrafters’ new ultra-precise digital exam. It measures twice as much of your eye, collecting detailed, personalized data about your vision correction – in less than 60 seconds. That leaves plenty of time to gather around the iPad to watch the difference between how you see now and how you’ll see with your new prescription. It can even tell if you’ll need a second prescription for driving at night. With better clarity comes better understanding. And better vision.

Your eyes are little technological wonders themselves. And they’re very lucky. Never before in history has so much manmade ingenuity been available for their benefit.

So say goodbye to eye exam inconveniences, inconsistencies and anxieties. Set a date now for your next exam and see how much better life in vision care can be. And remember…you have technology to thank for it.