Eye Scans of the Future

September 5, 2008 7:43:43 PM PDT
Getting an eye check-up can reveal more than just your vision."Let's see where we're going to go today."

Pilot Keith Mosing has been flying planes for forty years.

Keith Mosing: "You're on your own. You're free. You're in the air. You're controlling your own destiny."

Keith was in control until cataracts grounded him.

Keith Mosing: "I could just tell something wasn't right. I couldn't see things other people could see. I've been an aviator for 40 years and it's important to have good eyesight."

Ironically, an eye scan tested high in the sky could have detected Keith's cataracts long before he saw any signs of the problem. Doctor Rafat Ansari spent 20 years working with NASA focusing on eyes. Now, he's taking his knowledge from up there ... to down here.

Rafat Ansari, PhD "Every tissue type and every fluid type in the eye are representative of every tissue and every fluid type in the rest of the body."

"Please keep your eye wide open."

This low powered laser is 200 to 300 times more sensitive and can detect cataracts long before more conventional cataract tests. But this is just the beginning!

Rafat Ansari, PhD: "You hear this whooshing sound. This is my heart. You're really listening to my heart. So I'm looking into the eye but looking into my heart."

This laser can be used to record nutrient levels in the eye and throughout the body. Results are available in five seconds. And with a click of this button ...

Diabetes can be detected. Through scans like these, soon Dr. Ansari believes doctors will be able to see the first signs of diabetes, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.



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