At Gray Optics, we care about eye health and eye research as an industry-leading technology developer for disease diagnostics, originating from our founder’s early career start with his Ph.D. research and thesis. Optometry and Ophthalmology are exciting fields of medicine where technology innovations lead to breakthroughs such as enhancing our understanding of childhood vision development to Alzheimer’s disease detection and treatment.
With years of experience developing optical technologies for optometry and ophthalmology, we can support the full spectrum of customer needs, from defining and testing the core technology to bringing your product to the market.
HOW DOES OPTOMETRY & OPHTHALMOLOGY WORK?
As optical engineers, we are frequently asked about glasses, contacts, or if we understand eye prescriptions. While yes, we do, our understanding and capabilities around the eye go much deeper. As referenced prior, people often think of an Optician – someone crafting glass lenses. The most common eye issue is vision correction for focus and astigmatism, often corrected by these licensed professionals through contact lenses or glasses. Advances in this space have made these visits more effortless and precise for both patients and professionals.
Optometry includes and extends past measuring and vision correction to imaging other parts of your eye, diagnosing conditions, and providing treatment, not including surgery. Optometrists routinely complete ocular exams and retinal imaging to track eye conditions like cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Additionally, Optometrists will partner with other medical providers when underlying infections and diseases lead to eye and vision problems. For example, post-stroke, optometrists can work with neurologists to help patients restore motion and function to the damaged part of the brain through vision therapy.
The field of Ophthalmology applies when eye conditions require surgery or treatment for complex diseases. An Ophthalmologist relies on advanced optical tools to diagnose and treat eye and vision problems. These treatments include routine procedures such as removing cataracts, Laser Assisted In-situ Keratomileusis (LASIK), treatments for retinal detachments, and diseases such as macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy.
OUR OPTOMETRY & OPHTHALMOLOGY CAPABILITIES
At Gray Optics, our deep expertise in Optometry and Ophthalmology product development enables us to support demanding requirements needed to be competitive in today’s market. Retinal imaging and next-generation handheld ophthalmic devices have changed the lives of millions worldwide. With experience in emerging techniques for custom ophthalmoscopes and fundus cameras, our domain knowledge includes optimizing the imaging and illumination paths of these devices. Whether it be wide-field retinal imaging, adaptive optics wavefront correction, or novel methods for autorefraction, our team knows how to apply the right technology to address product development needs.
Our team has unique experience and capabilities in adaptive optics and wavefront correction techniques. Adaptive Optics enables non-invasive characterization of retinal disease and measurement of wavefront aberration caused by the cornea and lens; this technology has been applied to imaging modalities, including conventional fundus cameras, scanning laser ophthalmoscopes, and optical coherence tomography. For more information on Adaptive Optics and its application in Optometry and Ophthalmology, download our white paper.
The types of platforms and technologies Gray Optics supports:
- Scanning laser ophthalmoscopes
- Near-infrared imaging
- Fluorescence imaging
- Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
- Fundus cameras
- Handheld fundus cameras
- Refractive Surgery
- Adaptive Optics and Wavefront measurement
WORK WE’VE DONE
- Project: Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope development
- The Problem: Through clinical studies using a benchtop prototype, the customer established a clear market opportunity to develop a diagnostic tool based on a Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope (SLO).
- The Solution: Based on our team’s extensive experience developing optical products for optometry and ophthalmology, we partnered with the end customer and medical device manufacturer and developer to commercialize the SLO technology. Gray Optics was responsible for designing and building the optical imaging and patient fixation sub-system in this project.
- The Outcome: Gray Optics completed the Concept Phase of the project, demonstrating the first functional commercial prototype of the SLO technology. The project has advanced to the final stages of product development and regulatory submission.
Gray Optics’ exists to improve lives by developing new optical products that help solve humankind’s most pressing challenges in medical applications. You can learn more about How We Work and why our team of dedicated engineers is here to support you on your product development journey to ensure the optical pathway of your new instrument is designed right the first time.