Virtual reality headsets helping people pick glasses

Robert Stack wearing the new virtual reality headset.

Virtual reality headsets are now being used in Ireland for the first time to help people choose the right glasses.

This latest development allows patients to select the most appropriate lens choice to correct their vision, in various settings as simulated by virtual reality through 3D headsets.

Healthcare is one of the biggest adopters of virtual reality technology such as in surgery simulation, phobia treatment, autism care, robotic surgery and skills training.

Optometrist Don Stack of Optical Rooms, said: “It is the first time a true simulation of what you will get prior to the glasses being made up here in Ireland. Out -doors in the sunlight we can simulate what your new prescription would look like, with various choices of tints, varying the degree of the tint, adding coatings and various styles of lenses.

“For indoor and office use the headset allows us to simulate an office environment and switch lens types to find the best solution for the patient to manage all the challenges at work or at home.”

One of the advantages of this technology is that it allows healthcare professionals to learn new skills as well as refreshing existing ones in a safe environment. Plus it allows this without causing any danger to the patients.

The virtual models help both new and experienced surgeons determine the safest and most efficient way to locate tumours, place surgical incisions or practice difficult procedures ahead of time.

Beyond surgery, virtual reality could also serve as a cost-effective and engaging tool for rehabilitation. Stroke and brain injury victims across Europe can now use an immersive virtual-reality therapy to regain motor and cognitive function faster than with traditional physical therapy.


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