Eyes on the future

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    (From left) William Wang, Co-Founder & President of Crystalvue Medical Corporation; Johnson Chang, Sales Manager of Medimaging Integrated Solution Inc.; Pandora Yang, International Sales Manager of BenQ Materials Corp; and Eric Chu, Co-Founder of In-Trust Technology Co., Ltd.

    ASIDE from its numerous popular destinations, visitors to Taiwan are also on the lookout for advances in technology.

    From telecommunications gadgets to making household chores a breeze to the latest medical equipment, tourists always go home with not just photos and memories.

    But with the pandemic making international travel a hassle, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the foremost trade promotion body in Taiwan, and Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade is making some of these innovations available online.

    Recently, four Taiwan Excellence Award winners from the ophthalmic medical equipment industry in Taiwan demonstrated their most innovative products during an online product launch.

    According to estimates from IEK Consulting of the Industrial Technology Research Institute, the global ophthalmic medical equipment market is estimated to reach $58.4 billion by 2023. The three major areas of this market are vision care, surgery, and diagnosis and monitoring. Bulk products of significance are optical lenses,contact lenses and “fundus” cameras, a complex optical system designed for imaging of the eye’s retina.

    Revenue from Taiwan’s ophthalmic medical equipment industry has grown steadily in recent years, with a turnover of approximately $7billion. The auxiliary and remedial category, which constitutes the “contact lens industry,” has the most outstanding performance.

    The export ratio of this “invisible champion” accounts for 1.53 percent of global sales.

    Taiwan’s ophthalmology industry accounts for approximately 0.3 percent of global sales, where it combines technologies that include optics, electronics, motors, and big data calculations.

    Taiwan is highly proficient in ICT technology, and with this significant advantage,theophthalmology industry has demonstrated great potential.

    The companies awarded were Crystalvue’s Non-Mydriatic Auto Fundus Camera that uses automatic 3D tracking, reduces human diagnostic error and is sold in over 50 countries worldwide; Medimaging’sDigital Portable Tonometer (DPT 100), which uses air-jet pressure detection to avoid contact with disease and infection; BenQ’s Miacare Confidence Color Contact Lens, which adopts silicone hydrogel technology and provides contact lens wearers with all-day comfort; and In-Trust’s Aurai Hot &Cool Eye Massager, the first in the world to use water circulation and water wave massage to reduce intraocular pressure without risk of any harm.

    Taiwan Excellence award-winning products showcase the best of Taiwan’s industries, which provide smart solutions for consumers’ daily lives.

    According to TAITRA, more events focusing on medical products, including dentistry and assistance devices for the elderly, will be held in the coming weeks.