The industry is booming and the statistics of the last ten years alone give testament to this fact. America has a population of ever aging citizens and they need that eye care as with age problems can and do arise. Even in the global population the same thing can be said and as the old maladies like glaucoma and others raise their heads, the right ophthalmic care is needed and then some.
Estimates are that by 2016, the industry itself will reach $28 billion. That’s an enormous amount of capital but then again we’re talking people’s sight. Without sight one is disabled and in jeopardy. There are several cures and treatments for most of the eye ailments but some just can’t be cured or treated at this moment. ON the horizon are adult stem cells. They’re really showing promise in both clinical trial applications for treating and curing eye damage that has never been done before. Those treatments alone are going to boost the industry through the roof.
Consider, if you will, the broad scope of what ophthalmic care covers. From pharmaceuticals, to instruments to surgery and more this field is one where the doctors and technicians have to be on their A Game all the time. Diseases, aging, accidents, exposure to chemicals and radiation can all affect one’s sight and having the professionals in this field armed with the best technologies and techniques means the field will increase in efficiency and affordablity.
As mentioned before, glaucoma alone is the top menace to eyesight. Its statistics are troubling and it is certain that a good percentage of people will get the disease. The present treatments for it and of course cataracts have improved considerably. As more research is done it may be one day that ophthalmologists can stop these maladies in their tracks before they take hold and do considerable damage. Here is where prevention, another area of ophthalmology comes in. Ophthalmic equipment and diagnostic procedures may one day see ahead of time to the point that treatment is easy and effective.
Needless to say, as long as people have eyes, there is going to be a growing need for ophthalmic professionals.
Author Bio: Tony Rollan provides consulting services to VSI (http://www.patternless.com). He is an author of many articles on all types of optical, ophthalmic equipment, health and medical equipment.