PLANO ― Without improvements in preventing and treating eye diseases, the number of visually impaired or blind Americans is projected to grow to more than 5 million in the next decade.

Advances in technology could help decrease those numbers and save the eyesight of thousands.

Marilyn Hill, 60, of Plano, is among those for whom imaging discovered unknown, serious problems.

“I had a hemorrhage in my retina,” says Hill. “I had no symptoms. I had nothing bothering me. So I was really surprised to get that kind of news.”

That hemorrhage and the beginnings of potentially blinding macular degeneration were discovered by what looks like space-aged imaging called the Optomap.

Traditional eye exams generally look at the front of the eye to evaluate health and prescription changes. And while doctors can see some internal changes, Optomap, and similar laser imaging technologies, voyage deep into the recesses of the eye, mapping the retina.’ Read the full story at WFAA.com or watch the video here