There has been significant growth in the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) by ophthalmologists and other eye professionals, according to a new study.
A report carried out by iData Research shows that the use of OCT for the detection of ocular conditions will see the US diagnostic ophthalmic market be worth over $650 million (£410 million) by 2017.
Dr Douglas Fung, analyst manager at iData, noted that OCT sales slowed in 2009 mainly as a result of the recession, but the popularity of the devices is now growing again.
"This growth is due to the technologies" superior resolution capabilities and ability to image the vascular structure under the retina.
It comes after a report published by Global Data, entitled Vision Care (Contact Lenses and Spectacle Lenses) - Global Pipeline Analysis, Opportunity Assessment and Market Forecasts to 2016, showed that the contact lens sector is now worth in excess of $2.3 billion (£1.47 billion) and is expected to overtake glasses lenses by 2016.
by Adrian Galbreth