Treatments for eye-related issues have evolved dramatically in the last few years, providing care options that restore or protect patients’ vision in ways most people would not even have thought possible in the past. However, with recent innovations in technology, the options for vision care offered by 2025 will likely make today’s care seem primitive in comparison. While Houston’s premier eye specialist already employs cutting-edge technology, Dr. Goosey looks forward to how new innovations in the eye care field will benefit patients in the future. There are several ways the future of ophthalmology is likely to evolve by 2025.
Early Detection of Issues
Although many conditions are not discovered as quickly as they could be, today’s technology used to detect issues is far superior to the diagnostic equipment available in the past. Imaging allowing ophthalmologists to easily see changes taking place within the eye itself means early treatment for conditions can prevent issues from developing to the point where a patient’s vision is threatened. Technology currently under development, and certain to be available within the next few years, is even more versatile and expected to be readily available to vision professionals.
Contact Lens Improvements
Today, an eye doctor can prescribe contact lenses to deal with a variety of vision issues. Both near and far vision issues are now easily treatable using safe, comfortable contact lenses, but developers are experimenting with so-called smart lenses that will contain different sensors or other microchips to monitor and treat eye conditions. That type of advancement will, theoretically, allow ophthalmologists to easily track any changes and quickly respond with treatment modifications when necessary.
Changes in Treatment Focus
All areas of health care are rapidly changing to improve their focus. In fact, government programs are rewarding medical professionals enacting practices that are patient-centric. Eye doctors are certainly part of the trend intended to improve the care provided. The entire care delivery model is rapidly evolving to improve efficiency within healthcare organizations, which translates to better care for patients. Assuming the current trends continue, eye care options are expected to be more readily available by 2025.
Remote Access to Care
Telehealth isn’t a new concept – it’s been around for several years. With newer care technologies becoming available, however, the idea is rapidly expanding. Long popular in regions where care options are scarce, it’s now being expanded even in regions where care facilities are more readily available. Telehealth options enhance, rather than replace, options for many patients. Care options expand and are easily accessed from virtually anywhere having online connectivity.
Care Protocol Advances
Every eye doctor will be able to deal more effectively with patients when modern care protocols improve. New technological advancements allow many routine care issues to be handled by ancillary staff members, leaving ophthalmologists with more time to provide direct attention to patients rather than dealing with the more mundane aspects of eye care.
Houston Eye Associates is poised to take full advantage of care improvements as they become available. Already recognized for his expertise in corneal and refractive care, Dr. John Goosey is an eye doctor who is always looking for ways to improve the care provided to patients. While eye care will improve considerably by 2025, Dr. Goosey is available today to make sure every patient’s vision is the best it can be.