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Vision and New Technologies

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Last December the 8 th edition of the technology and visual impairment study days was held. On this occasion, a complete inventory of digital accessibility was carried out. More generally, what link can be made between new digital technologies and our vision ? What are the technical developments that will soon allow us to see better? Basically, what visual world are we headed for? We try to answer it in this new folder.

New technologies at the service of vision: a significant breakthrough for health

As in any sector of activity, technological and digital progress is evident. It allows us to switch into the world of the possible, to relieve certain thankless tasks, in a few words to change our life, even to improve it. In the health sector , and more particularly in the world of optics , it continues to be beneficial.

Of course, the sinews of war remain to succeed in containing the expansion of visual disturbances and the ultimate goal, the holy grail of the optical world in a way, would be to finally be able to restore sight to blind and visually impaired people.

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On this last point, technology has allowed to produce very exciting results. Sometimes mentioned on our blog, augmented reality glasses now have the ability to change the lives of people with serious vision problems.

PANDA , eSight , Hololens , Nu Eyes , so many names to be reckoned with in the years to come. The technology designed by these companies is taking with enthusiasm and impatience the right direction to dream of the impossible one day.

This type of glasses, known as "intelligent" already allow to improve the vision of people with multiple conditions, such as dystrophy , diabetic retinopathy , AMD, or retinitis pigmentosa.

There is no doubt that in the coming years, other significant advances will allow us to envision a simpler future for the visually impaired.

The mobile application, accessible to all

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On this basis, some applications intended for the visually impaired , always with the aim of to facilitate navigation and the autonomy of visually impaired people, were born.

The first of them made it possible to decipher the texts displayed everywhere around us. A very practical tool to read its menu or the direction signs.

Others have focused on mutual aid and solidarity to guarantee a flawless orientation. A system of "eye location" which has been very successful, but without everything relying on the machine.

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Finally, the most recent and technically advanced uses artificial intelligence to go further. They can sometimes recognize facial features of friends, or observe the environment through neural networks in order to be able to best describe it.

Visual devices with other objectives!

The human body being a perfectly organized whole, the optical devices, which certainly exist to improve our sight, sometimes have another objective.

Thus, smart lenses could one day help people with diabetes. If a major project has already been forgotten, some prototypes are still working on how to measure the patient's blood sugar level using sensors and microchips.

The data is then transmitted directly to a smartphone for complete and immediate information.

In any case, lenses turn out to be a particularly interesting device for their ability to be invisible.

In the field of sport, we are often keen on new technologies ! Every great athlete is on the lookout for his performance and the monitoring of his training.

To this end, connected sports glasses make it possible to provide several essential data in real time, such as heart rate, pace, speed…

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Technology, an essential element of detection

Prevention is better than cure. The adage has proven itself and we are not going to contradict it. Sometimes new technologies are also working on efficient detection means for visual disturbances.

Often in the form of games, it is, for example, possible to work on your lazy eye , a somewhat simplistic term to speak of amblyopia . Video games have demonstrated some usefulness in improving visual acuity and contrast sensitivity.

An application, logically named Lazy Eye Blocks, is based on the vast famous Tetris to allow to work, thanks to a repetition of eye movements , his lazy eye.

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Wearing colored glasses so that each eye sees only half of the blocks, it is necessary, to win, to use both eyes of the same way. A playful idea and rather easy to implement.

Hand-eye coordination methods often allow the detection of possible trauma in younger children. It is with this in mind that an application was created and developed by Australian optometrists.

LR Eye Hand Coordination (for Left-Right Eye-Hand Coordination) consists in drawing multicolored shapes with a stylus. The required and completed times or even the plot errors are taken into account to establish a first diagnosis.

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In an increasingly digital world, it is indeed virtual reality and artificial intelligence that take the lead when it comes to vision . New technologies make it easier for us and reassure us about an uncertain future. But we note that sometimes our visual devices can help improve sight and information on other pathologies, or that the simplest ideas can also be decisive.

What is certain is that the many technological advances , whether they are commercial successes or not, will all allow us to evolve as consumers and patients , and, without ever guaranteeing anything, will gradually correct, by trial and error, our vision disturbances.