Eyedaptic helps people with AMD make the most of their remaining sight by reshaping a visual scene to put everything within the wearer’s field of vision.
A person with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) will sometimes be forced to juggle multiple vision aids. As their eyesight deteriorates, the result is a black spot in the central vision and blurry peripheral vision. A magnifying glass is a common tool to help someone with this aspect – Medically termed a central scotoma. However, it considerably narrows the field of vision, so while the text may be larger, it’s centred where the patient sees a black spot.
Eyedaptic uses augmented reality (AR) to recreate the visual field. The digital glasses optimise the patient’s field of vision to focus on the tasks at hand, rather than constantly switching between various visual aids. The FDA-exempt visual aid is battery-powered and easy to use. They are worn like any pair of glasses, and the software takes over, reshaping what the wearer sees to simulate natural vision. The brightness can be changed to different light situations and are suitable for most stationary tasks but not for use with active or movement tasks such as driving.
Roughly 11 million people in the US suffer from AMD, and that number is increasing. It can have a substantial negative impact on someone’s day to day life. However, by making the most of someone’s remaining vision, those effects can be partially mitigated.