Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata, performs SPECTRALIS OCT examination on board the International Space Station (ISS). (Image Credit: NASA)
The doctors at Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates take great pride in being on the forefront of advanced technology. For this reason, our team is very excited to announce the utilization of a new system during exams, known as SPECTRALIS, which just so happens to be a part of NASA’s Ocular Health Study. The study seeks to understand ocular changes in astronauts during long-term space missions.
The SPECTRALIS system uses an advanced eye tracking system that produces 3-D images of the eye allowing our doctors to easily identify change. It helps reveal eye diseases which may not yet be noticeable by the patient or detectable with a traditional visual exam. You should be pleased to know that you will be tested with the same advanced technology as the astronauts before, during, and after their missions to space. Pretty impressive!
An excerpt from www.heidelbergengineering.com
SPECTRALIS OCT Eye Examinations in Space
Heidelberg, Germany — February 14, 2014 – Since its arrival at the International Space Station (ISS) on June 15th, 2013, Heidelberg Engineering’s Spectralis OCT device is being used regularly for eye examinations of ISS crew members.
First on-orbit tests of the instrument were conducted successfully on June 21 of last year. The first ever OCT examination in space was performed with a commercial SPECTRALIS OCT device on board ISS on October 16, 2013. Since then, ISS crewmembers are being examined in 1- to 2-weekly intervals. The examinations are part of NASA’s Ocular Health Study which seeks to understand ocular changes in astronauts during long-term space missions. Crewmembers had Spectralis OCT baseline examinations prior to their missions on Earth. The on-orbit follow-up examinations now allow observation of possible ocular changes developing. The close follow-up examinations are facilitated by the SPECTRALIS’ AutoRescan function which ensures that serial OCT images on Earth and in space are taken at the exact same retinal location.
Image via heidelberengineering.com / NASA