Video Games to Be Used for Vision and Concussion Testing
Back in the 80s, no one thought the popularity of the local cocktail arcade games would lead to advancements in vision technology, but here we are. This year, a company called RightEye LLC is presenting new software that allows doctors to use PC games to track patients’ eye movements and quickly identify vision deficiencies. The software is also able to tell whether or not a patient has had a concussion.
How Does It Work?
RightEye has developed many different levels of testing based on the patient’s age and their projected cognitive ability. For some, the test might involve simply following a moving speck around the computer screen. For others, they might have to differentiate between small objects in a gaming format. For instance, should they destroy one object – an alien – or save another object – the world? A high score will indicate a high level of visual ability, while lower scores could point to a vision problem.
They might also use 3D glasses to test a patient’s depth perception. They will have to decide whether the image projected is moving forward or backwards.
How Will It Help?
Today, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development estimates that over 50 percent of children tested for vision problems have issues that go undetected when they undergo current testing procedures. Adequate vision is key in child development and learning, both inside and outside of the classroom. About 60 percent of kids who have learning problems in school have vision problems that were previously not recognized, according to the American Optometric Association.
If RightEye can be successfully integrated into eye doctor’s testing procedures, many children will be able to avoid potential learning disabilities, promoting learning and proper social development.
While the tests are easily administered to children, a demographic currently very responsive to video games of any format, the tests are also being used on professional athletes. Many organizations are opting to use RightEye technology to measure a player’s visual ability as well as sense whether a concussion has occurred.
Soon, RightEye may replace traditional vision testing not only in the U.S., but around the world.