1. From lab to clinic

    From lab to clinic

    Last month I visited my eye doctor, Harold Jacobson, for a routine checkup. After reading rows of ever-smaller letters, just as I had when my eyes were first tested in the 1970s, I asked him what new technology he was most excited about. “Optical coherence tomography,” he replied. “It’s a game changer!” Jacobson had bought an OCT scanner after my previous visit, so I got to see the game changer firsthand. As a patient, I briefly looked into a pair of eyepieces. As an ophthalmologist, Jacobson reviewed a wealth of information on the scanner’s screen. Beside cross sections ...

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