Digital advances in ophthalmology are aimed at improving diagnosis. GlobalData identified three highlights for the ophthalmology market.

Researchers at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) and Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, both of South Korea, developed a pioneering contact lens. They successfully demonstrated in rabbits that their smart contact lens can continuously and wirelessly monitor glucose and intraocular pressure, which are the risk factors associated with diabetes and glaucoma, respectively. Glucose levels and intraocular pressure are measured today, but just one measurement at a time in the doctor’s office. In the future, patients and physicians can receive readings of these vital parameters in real-time, potentially resulting in improved diagnosis and health outcomes.

The EyeQue team developed a small optical device and smartphone app, based on an MIT patent, which makes vision assessment possible anywhere. This launched in 2017 and it is the first in-home vision testing solution to combine an optical miniscope (the hardware), a smartphone application, and secure cloud-based technology to platform to form a low-cost and precise option for people to gather measurements. Thanks to advances in mobile and cloud-based technologies, they have miniaturised what has traditionally been large and costly optical test equipment. People can test their eyesight without getting an appointment from the doctor, track their vision history, and even order corrective glasses from nearby optical shops.

In 2017, Peek Vision launched Peek Retina, a smartphone camera adapter for retinal imaging to take pictures inside the eye. The device allows the patient to examine the optic nerve and macula to identify diseases such as glaucoma, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration. The technology can increase access to eye care by enabling examinations to be carried out anywhere in the world; in addition, images of the back of the eye can be shared with other professionals and can be transferred to electronic patient records.