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Technology Portfolio - Software

VR Automated Eye Testing
With ageing populations, increasing rates of ophthalmic diseases and a rise in the variety of treatments available for ophthalmic care, there is a growing challenge in ensuring that patients have timely access to care. In most developed countries, visual assessment of patients is limited to tests performed either in the hospital or at the local optometrist. Commonly conducted tests, which include visual acuity, color vision, contrast sensitivity and distortion evaluations, are usually paper-based and manually performed. In addition, equipment is required, in the form of standardised acuity charts, colour vision books and refractive lenses, which can be expensive and require maintenance.

The Technology
We have developed a wearable technology that integrates automated eye examinations into an immersive VR platform, reducing the need for physical visits and addressing manpower shortages. The platform allows the patient to perform visual checks and access their patient health records from the comfort of their home. In addition, there is strong potential for using VR wearables to enhance productivity. Eye examinations can be conducted in parallel for batches of patients while a nurse uses a central dashboard to monitor progress.  This will not only enhance productivity, but also cut down patient waiting times. Data generated from the devices could also be used in large-scale data analytics.

Target Market
It is estimated that 286 million people worldwide are visually impaired, with 246 million of these having low vision. By 2020, approximately 600 million people worldwide will have eye diseases that require ophthalmic assessment. As wearable eye technology is an emerging market, there is currently no similar VR software available commercially. The proposed monitoring solution will benefit patients, physicians, as well as data scientists.

Current Stage of Development
The current software is built around an Oculus Rift platform and can be incorporated on various VR hardware systems. Preliminary data from volunteer studies using the prototype have shown that the data from VR studies and clinic-based visual acuity studies are closely correlated.

Categories: Devices, VR Eye Testing

Intellectual Property: Proprietary know-how and clinical data