Webb Telescope Technology to Boost Eye Surgery Precision

July 07, 2022

The James Webb Space Telescope is set to show humanity some of the first stars in the universe, with its enormous and powerful mirrors capturing bits of light from more than 13 billion years ago. Meanwhile, technology developed by NASA as part of the decades-long effort to build Webb has already improved the vision of millions back on Earth by driving major improvements to LASIK eye surgery.

Part of a process for measuring Webb’s mirrors has been incorporated into Johnson & Johnson Vision’s iDesign Refractive Studio, a device that takes precise eye measurements to map imperfections in visual pathways and cornea curvature. One Johnson & Johnson (J&J) executive called the resulting information “an optical fingerprint unique to each patient’s eye.”

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