If there is one area in which science has really changed the game, it is eye care. This is especially true in our modern, digital age – if you think of how much science has pushed eye care forward, it is amazing.
Optometry, to give this eminent profession its full medical title, has come a long way since you popped into your local opticians on a Saturday morning to look at a few blurred letters. Science has been the main thing to make this happen and make optometry move with the times.
It is no understatement to say that there are things that have been done in the eye care sector thanks to science that would not have been thought of decades ago. The pace of change has been as rapid as Usain Bolt in his prime and has led optometry to its current position in the medical sector.
Where once optometry was just about an eye test and getting a funky new pair of glasses, it has used science to move into areas such as the detection and treatment of medical conditions.
Pioneers in science led the charge
One major change in the optometrist profession was the way that leading optometrists lobbied for change as a whole. This led to changes in law that allowed them to blaze a trail into new frontiers such as minor eye surgery and topical treatments. This, along with sub-specialties within the profession being founded, gave optometrists the chance to widen their scope and use science to perform the new tasks they needed.
Of course, within the whole group, there will be certain individuals who stand out. Like Spock in Star Trek, they realized that the needs of the many outweighed the needs of the few, which led them to committing their own lives to helping others – examples include Rohit Varma, who used his scientific expertise and education to develop groundbreaking ideas around optic nerve damage.
There is no doubt that the use of science within the eye care profession has led to it developing greatly over recent times. Here are a few ways that this has happened.
Advances in equipment
One key area that science has helped optometry to evolve is in the equipment used. Whether it is the eye test machines or the various pieces of kit used in the treatment of detected conditions, scientific advances in hardware has enabled optometrists to do more than ever before. This is also true when you think about the various solutions or topical products that can be used to treat certain eye conditions. This type of stuff just wasn’t available before science brought it to the party.
Advances in knowledge
As with all areas of life, science is continually making things change and move forward. While it can be fun stuff such as the new iPhone, it also happens in sectors such as eye care. Continual advances in the scientific research of eye conditions give the people who provide your eye care fresh knowledge. This allows them to detect and treat eye conditions that they wouldn’t have been able to even a few short years ago.
Change in the way eye care is viewed
Another key change that the eye care profession has seen over recent times is how the relationship between you and your optometrist has changed. You will probably know your optometrist quite well and maybe see them as a friend if you have been going to them for your eye test for years. This model of working as a partnership is different from the original “patient-professional” model.
Big changes in what eye care professionals can do
As we have already touched on, the range of services that your eye care professional now provides is much bigger than previously. While they probably can’t get you a skinny latte from Starbucks, they can do many optical things from eye tests to management of ocular diseases. This is a definite evolution to their profession and a big change that this sector has seen in the last few decades.
Science has helped you see better
You already know that science is cool and has helped make your life better in so many ways. If you didn’t already, then this article will hopefully have made you wise to how it has also made the world see better. From providing the factual base and knowledge for eye care professionals to helping set the scene for change, it has totally rocked this industry into fantastic new areas.