As much as astronomy, ophthalmology can immensely benefit from using AO. Optically speaking, human eyes are far from being perfect: they all suffer from irregularities that distort light waves, the same way as the atmosphere does. As a consequence, retinal examinations have always been limited to a rather low level of detail. Many early signs of diseases, which occur at the level of cells, have remained invisible to eye doctors.
Imagine Eyes has overcome these limitations by engineering an AO technology compatible for living eyes. As a result, its medical devices now enable examining microscopic detail – including cells – in patients’ retinas.