Retina could be seen clearly through star technology: assures astronomers

retinal-disordersTechnology that detect stars clearly attracted scientists at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh to find a way to see retina clearly, that would help treat retina relate eye diseases.

To see a clear image of stars astronomers used adaptive optics that help produce clear images of stars by cut out the atmospheric turbulence which usually obstruct the clear image of stars.

Scientists believe that this innovative technology in near future will assist the eye care professionals to detect many diseases which may include diabetes, Alzheimer's etc.

According to Elaine Gemmell, of Scottish Health Innovations, successful colaboration between clinicians, researchers and commerce can deliver medical advances along with significant commercial benefits. This colaborative imaging techniques and technologies will improved health and patient care in Scotland and throughout the world.


The retina is a multi-layered sensory tissue that lines the back of the eye.  It contains millions of photoreceptors that capture light rays and convert them into electrical impulses.  These impulses travel along the optic nerve to the brain where they are turned into images.

Retinal disorders affect this vital tissue. They can affect your vision, and some can be serious enough to cause blindness. Some of the top retinal disorders are examples are

Retinal detachment - a medical emergency, when the retina is pulled away from  the back of the eye

Macular pucker - scar tissue on the macula

Macular hole - a small break in the macula that usually happens to people over 60

Floaters - cobwebs or specks in your field of vision

Source: BBC


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