Virtual reality technology invokes the allure of visiting an alien world without really going there. The beauty of accessing newer worlds through technology has provided the possibility of gaining seeing abilities without investing in surgery or transplants. Mostly popular in the gaming world, this technology is now providing a breakthrough for the visually impaired by restoring their functionality. By restoring sight, the user is able to access their world through a projected reality, similar to their own visual reality.
In a real sense, lack of vision is a broad spectrum of disabilities that range from a partial loss to total loss of vision. It can also affect one eye or both eyes. This will encompass an array of issues from tunnel vision, amblyopia , blurry vision and blind spots.
See the world better
There are visual tasks we take for granted, like the ability to clearly read on a computer. By using the IrisVision app technology with the Samsung Gear VR, the user is able to clearly see the world around them. This gadget is responsive to head movement, magnifying what they are focusing on. Thankfully, it also provides the wide field of view we are naturally equipped with.
The user will no longer need magnifying devices on their computers and can perform more complex tasks that were being limited by the sight problem. The main downside is the cost of the technology to the regular user. It can set you back a whopping $2500 for the entire set (headset, software and a phone to power the gear).
Strengthen weaker eyes
Virtual reality technology poses a relief for the ‘lazy eye’ or amblyopia . Conventionally, it’s expected if by the age of 8 years the problem wasn’t fixed, it can’t be fixed at all. Myopia affects vision by forcing the brain to repress vision from the weaker eye.
This is a significant issue because it directly affects our ability to see in 3D. Vivid Vision, a company that provides therapy solutions for the condition realized that by cranking up the brightness for the weaker eye, the goggles were able to effectively able to restore 3D vision and depth perception for those with the condition.
The smart aspect is a technology currently in development, aimed at people who have problems seeing at all. It is targeted for the legally blind population. This technology accentuates objects against a darkened background. The beauty is that it even works in the dark. Visually impaired people suffer most in low light levels, and this technology addresses that issue. This means that furniture and even doorways can be perceived in relatively low light.
All in all, virtual reality, with all its hype, can actually touch lives by eliminating the helplessness that is associated with visual impairment. Jobs can still be secured, talents restored and lives will no longer be interrupted. The users will not require having a caretaker constantly on call. They won’t even remember the sting of being visually impaired because they will still be functional people.