Highlighting a specific example of government-funded research becoming vision-saving technology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) has launched its first public outreach campaign centered on optical coherence tomography (OCT).
OCT is an imaging technology used to visualize the back of the eye without the need for dilation, making visits to the eye doctor faster and easier for patients. It provides more detailed information to doctors than previous technologies, allowing for more accurate diagnoses.
The campaign includes a series of short, public-friendly videos introducing patients who have benefitted from the technology, the role government funding played in its development and what the future may hold – if funding continues. In addition, an advocacy toolkit describing the number of jobs created by the manufacture and use of the instruments, and Medicare savings (over $11 billion) enabled by the technology is available.
To view all the free-to use resources, or learn more, visit www.arvo.org/OCT. Join the conversation at #OCTimaging.