Virtual reality tech helps vision-impaired

New medical technology is now available for people with low vision, helping them with everyday tasks such as reading, writing and personal care.

Developed in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins optical clinic in the US, IrisVision uses customised software on a Samsung smartphone and Samsung Gear VR.

“New technologies like IrisVision can make a substantial difference to the quality of life for some people with vision impairment,” said Vision Australia’s Ron Hooton.

“It helps enhance the remaining sight of people with a range of conditions, allowing them to carry out everyday activities that others take for granted.”

IrisVision is one of the world’s first devices that offers the ability to view at different distances and provides a field of view of up to 70 degrees while being able to focus automatically.

“One of the most remarkable things about IrisVision is that at the heart of the system is an everyday smartphone, making this an easy-to-use solution for the vision impaired,” said Iris Vision’s Ammad Khan.

The patient controls the magnification level, and uses multiple viewing modes such as full screen with bubble, bioptic/split screen and line reading, depending on what task they want to perform.

The technology is suitable for people with low vision due to a range of conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic-related implications, and other stroke and neurological conditions.

Anyone interested in using the technology must consult their medical professional before proceeding. IrisVision is available now through Vision Australia for $4,000.

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