Eye & Vision Care
How to mitigate, prevent and cure eye conditions and vision impairment?
Vision is widely considered to be the most important of our senses, as it plays a crucial role in all parts of our lives. We sometimes take it for granted, but without vision, we would be struggling to read, to work, to learn, to drive and even to walk.
Poor vision is in fact one of the world’s largest disabilities. 6 billion people still do not protect their eyes from harmful light, and 5 billion people are at risk of being myopic by 2050. And with changing life habits, millions of people are suffering from visual fatigue or light sensitivity.
In addressing this challenge, EIT Health joined forces with Essilor.
individuals over 65 faces sight loss
of annual direct costs of eye diseases
of actual population experiences difficulties seeing distant objects
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Eye care: accessible and massive
Vision impairment has serious consequences, however many of them can be mitigated by timely access to quality eye care and rehabilitation. This is fundamental: quality treatment should reach all citizens regardless of their geographical location, socio-economic status or age. The most critical factor is to raise public awareness and understanding of the importance of maintaining eye health through the regular eye and sight examinations.
Visual performance and comfort
Our fast-evolving life habits and environments often put us in situations where our quality and comfort of vision are degraded even for healthy individuals: screen usage triggers visual fatigue, ageing alters visuopostural balance and increases risks of falls, artificial lighting and light transitions enhance photosensitivity and glare. Today, our visual tests are often limited to acuity and do not predict how we perform in more demanding visual tasks.
Eye conditions that can cause vision impairment and blindness – such as cataract, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) – are, for good reasons, the main focus of prevention and other eye care strategies.
However, the importance of eye conditions that do not typically cause vision impairment, such as myopia, dry eye and conjunctivitis must not be overlooked. These conditions are frequently among the leading reasons to seek eye care in all countries.
Vision: eye as a gateway to the full-body health
The eyes do more than they allow us to see, they can be also considered literally as a window to our health. Many signs and symptoms are reflected by various parts of the eye, offering a range of biophysical, biological and biomolecular signals that can be detected from the anterior or the posterior segment (e.g. from the eyelid, tears, iris, pupil, sclera, eyeball, or retina) or from the eye movements.
Proper measurement and analysis of those signals would allow to detect or predict many ocular or non-ocular diseases, or even reveal various wellbeing disturbances, whether related to the psychological, mental, physical, emotional or nutritional state.
Available or new technologies could be leveraged to develop efficient tools for the early diagnosis and prevention of many health problems, whether in real-life conditions or in clinical observations.
Eye health is still not a key priority in many countries in Europe. As the European population grows older and the prevalence of non-communicable diseases rises, the pressures on social care and health budgets is increasing.
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