It came from outer space: NASA innovations in our lives

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Eye Exams

When kids have eye exams, it's likely that the equipment their optometrist or ophthalmologist uses is based on the optics technology that allows telescopes to see into space. Scientists from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. adapted the optics technology so that it could be used to screen people for eye disorders such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and cataracts. The product which emerged from the Marshall Space Flight Center's research, the VisiScreen Ocular Screening System-Clinical, has checked over three million children for eye disorders.

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