In Virtual Reality, San Diego Scientist Sees Tool To Help The Visually Impaired (video)


“Dr. Felipe Medeiros is an ophthalmologist and a professor who treats glaucoma patients like 63-year-old Melinda Person. He’s trying to develop better ways of spotting balance problems in his patients.

Medeiros used an Oculus Rift to put glaucoma patients like Melinda Person inside a virtual tunnel.

“The technology is there,” Medeiros said. “We need to find uses for this technology that will benefit the population as a whole, going beyond the video game use.”

Scientists no longer need six figures to explore virtual reality. They’ve been able to use the Oculus Rift in studies on pain management and PTSD therapy.”

Image & video: Katie Schoolov

By David Wagner at KPBS News

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