Clarity on the matter

One key aspect where technology has made substantial contributions is in diagnostic precision.
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BENGALURU: In the realm of ocular oncology, technology has emerged as a pivotal force, revolutionising the diagnosis, treatment, and overall management of eye-related cancers. The integration of advanced technological solutions has significantly enhanced our capabilities in understanding, detecting, and addressing ocular malignancies.

Diagnostic Precision

One key aspect where technology has made substantial contributions is in diagnostic precision. Cutting-edge imaging techniques, such as high-resolution ultrasound, optical coherence tomography (OCT), and advanced radiological imaging, empower clinicians to obtain detailed insights into ocular tumours. These technologies facilitate early and accurate detection, allowing for timely intervention and improved treatment outcomes.

Treatment modalities

Treatment modalities in ocular oncology have also undergone a paradigm shift with the incorporation of technology. Precision medicine, which involves tailoring treatments based on the specific genetic and molecular characteristics of tumours has gained prominence. Targeted therapies and immunotherapies, guided by genetic profiling, offer more personalised and effective options for patients, minimising side effects and maximising therapeutic impact.

Enhanced telemedicine and remote consultations

Teleophthalmology: Remote consultations and teleophthalmology services have become increasingly important, especially for patients in remote locations. Telemedicine facilitates timely consultations with ocular oncology specialists, ensuring access to expertise without geographical constraints.

Furthermore, technology has played a crucial role in enhancing communication and collaboration among healthcare professionals in the field of ocular oncology. Telemedicine and digital platforms enable experts to share insights, discuss cases, and collaborate on treatment plans, fostering a more interconnected and informed healthcare ecosystem.

Artificial intelligence and ocular oncology

In the field of ophthalmology, AI and ML have been capable of analysing quantifiable data and images, thus aiding in the diagnosis and staging of various ocular pathologies including strabismus, refractive error, keratitis, keratoconus among other ailments. AI can broadly help in data analytics that aids precision and imaging in treating cancers. AI has revolutionised cancer research and treatment by identifying intricate patterns in medical data and providing quantitative evaluations of clinical conditions.

The role of technology extends beyond diagnosis and treatment to ongoing patient care and monitoring. Digital health solutions and wearable devices allow for continuous monitoring of patients’ ocular health, providing real-time data to healthcare providers. This not only enhances the management of post-treatment effects but also facilitates proactive interventions in case of any emerging issues.

The integration of technology has ushered in a new era in ocular oncology, significantly impacting the entire spectrum of patient care. From early detection through advanced imaging to personalised treatments based on genetic profiling, technology has become an indispensable ally

in the fight against ocular malignancies. As innovations continue to unfold, the synergy between technology and ocular oncology holds immense promise for further advancements in understanding, diagnosing, and treating eye-related cancers.

(The writer is head of ocular oncology and vitreoretinal diseases, Sankara Eye Hospital)

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