Heidelberg OCT device launched into space for eye exams of space station crew

Launched aboard a rocket on June 5, a Spectralis ocular coherence tomography imaging device is scheduled to arrive on June 15 at the International Space Station to allow for detailed analyses of the backs of crew members’ eyes, according to a news release.NASA is using the Spectralis (Heidelberg Engineering) OCT device to study astronauts’ eyes before, during and after space flight because of recent discoveries of ocular changes in astronauts, the release said. The space agency hopes to reduce potential sight-threatening risks that could be associated with long-duration space missions.

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