ODs to play important role in wearables
LAS VEGAS – Wearable technology will make its way into the optometric practice in the near future, Jerome Legerton, OD, MS, MBA, FAAO, reported here at Vision Expo West.
Optometrists will need to “manage psychophysiologic optics considerations and adaptation issues related to a new set of near eye display-related problems,” he said.
They will also be prescribing and fitting smart contact lenses and display eye wear, along with implementing the technology for low vision, vision therapy and sports performance enhancement, he said.
“Most of the proponents of wearable technology believe that it will replace your cell phone, and what you’ll have is your virtual or augmented reality dashboard within your eye wear,” Legerton said.
Google Glass was a “failed experiment,” he said, but they learned a lot. “Don’t put a 13-degree display off to the side of one eye.”
Low vision applications
Low vision and vision therapy will be the first two applications of wearables in optometry, he said.
“Innovega just received a National Eye Institute grant for a low vision study that we conducted at Ohio State,” he said. “We will be using the systems for driving, reading and pumping cell phone content for low vision patients.
“Wearing wearables is vision therapy,” he continued. “Everyone that wears them will have to adapt to some degree in their binocular and psychological optics.”
Many opportunities exist in the field of low vision. Most of the magnification tools currently used result in a smaller field, Legerton said.
“If there’s a camera in the eye wear and patients can hold it at a normal distance and can increase the resolution,” he said, “now you have something that can facilitate independent living and make it enjoyable.”
Legerton also sees uses with electronic medical records.
“Now you can face the patient and see them and talk to them while you’re typing,” he said.
The VisionFit by Sonomed Escalon is a wearable adaptive optics refractor, Legerton said, that can measure for higher-order aberrations.
“It’s like an aberrometer, except it’s subjective, with the ability to refine vision correction with adaptive optics,” he said.
The Zeiss VR One, a virtual reality headset, works by altering the content on a cell phone, sending one image to the left eye and one image to the right eye, producing 3-D.
The PlayStation VR, Sony’s virtual reality headset for use with the PS4, will launch by Christmas, Legerton said. And Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, two other virtual reality headsets, are available now…..