Research team creates

Research team creates goggle-like device that can test for glaucoma

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Glaucoma patients gradually lose their vision. The goggles, which can diagnose the eye condition through a simpler process, were developed by researchers from Kansai University and Osaka Medical College.

A team of university researchers and others have developed a medical device shaped like goggles that can diagnose glaucoma (see below), the leading cause of blindness in Japan.

Glaucoma patients gradually lose their vision. The goggles, which can diagnose the eye condition through a simpler process, were developed by researchers from Kansai University and Osaka Medical College.

In April, the team will begin testing the new device in medical care institutions and elsewhere, with the aim of commercializing them in autumn 2018. The device could be used in companies’ health checks on employees, so it is expected to result in earlier detection.

Provides accurate data

In general, eye clinics with a darkroom exclusively for the purpose are needed to test whether people have partial vision loss. People who get checked also need to put their faces into vision measurement equipment without moving.

A goggle-type device for diagnosing glaucoma, shown in this photo, was developed by a team including Kansai University Prof. Kentaro Kotani, right.(The Yomiuri Shimbun/File)

As a result, checks to detect glaucoma have not been conducted in most ordinary health checks. This has been one reason why the start of treatment can be delayed.

To address the problem, Prof. Kentaro Kotani of Kansai University — a member of the team and an expert in biological information engineering — looked to goggle-type displays, which can reproduce scenes inside a darkroom right in front of people.

The team combined such displays with sensors for measuring eyeball movement, and developed the new device, which can accurately detect if there is partial vision loss and which part of the examinee’s vision has been lost….

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Source: The Jakarta Post