The question for this essay is
"Describe a significant experience or achievement that has special meaning to you."
"Time is money" a clich� that is known to all. Parents remind their kids of it, teachers preach to their students about it, and even society reinforces it with wages being paid by the hour. In such a world, technology has and perhaps always will be advancing forward in order to save the average person more of this "money". For instance, in the field of biomedical engineering, long strides or as some would dare to say, giant leaps have been made.
It was not too long ago that I went to an optometrist to have my eyes examined. I set aside the entire day, believing that I would leave the exam with dilated pupils and that like last time, I'd not be seeing properly for a solid three hours, three hours that I would never have returned to me. However, unbeknownst to me, in the time between my previous eye exams, a new machine had been developed. This machine called itself the Optomap Panoramic200 Retinal Imaging System, and on that day, it stood in the corner of a room and hummed sonorously. Casting it aside as a non-contact tonometer, I sat down and instinctively braced myself for air puffing, bright lights and minor discomfort or in other words, an eye exam. Passing through the tests in mere minutes, the dreaded moment of pupil dilation was to rear its unwanted head in. However, much to my surprise, I was directed to the corner where the previously sonorous hum now bordered ominous. The doctor then proceeded to ask if I would like to use the humming Optomap in lieu of pupil dilation. I asked apprehensively if this would be a simple procedure and was given an enthusiastic nod in return. Against my better judgment, I allowed for the optometrist to take images of the retina through the Optomap. Amazingly, it was mere seconds per eye and my exam was finished. This machine which at first appeared almost ominous had saved me three hours of my time. I had...
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