The Future of Eye Exams Lies in VR Headsets
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The Future of Eye Exams Lies in VR Headsets

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Speaker 1: Welcome to hero. Speaker 2: Imagine having your eyes examined by a doctor from the comfort of your own home, using your VR headset hero is a software company that is using AR VR and AI to help patients and doctors modernize eye exams. In this video, I actually got an eye exam using a VR headset and learn how this platform helps spot eye conditions before they can lead to blindness hero's goals are simple. Make iHealth a more accessible, personal, and affordable experience for all we spoke [00:00:30] with hero's founder and CEO Mohamed Abu Suha about the hero platform. Speaker 3: Hero platform is a wearable platform that provides health and wellness diagnostics for the eye. When you go to see an eye doctor, you basically sit on many devices. Each device is what we call furniture. Grid. Medical device is not very accurate, not very comfortable experience and not cost effective. It's [00:01:00] like expensive devices. And we are literally running windows 2000. So imagine replacing all those legacy devices with one platform that can provide the physician with very accurate diagnostics about your eye so he can provide better care for you. Speaker 2: HEROs eye exams consist of six optical tests, which are currently being administered by a technician. These tests powered by artificial intelligence were developed by the Bascom Palmer eye Institute in Miami, Florida. [00:01:30] Bascom Palmer is currently ranked as the number one eye hospital in the United States. According to the us news and world report, the tests are an immersive AR VR experience with sound Speaker 1: Let's get Speaker 2: Started that is displayed on a magic leap VR headset at a resolution of 1.3 megapixels in a super fast, 120 Hertz. I was fortunate enough to get my eyes checked by hero's vice president of product innovation, Keith Brock, who came by the scene at offices to give us a demo. Speaker 4: This augmented reality Goggle has an [00:02:00] external CPU and light pack, which keeps the oculars nice and light. Another notable feature on this headset is there's two IR light sensors, which are tracking the patient's eyes throughout the examination. Why that's important is anytime the patient loses fixation or loses focus on the test, we can actually pause the test. The onboard personality actually reminds the patient to go ahead and focus. Once we see that their eyes are fixated, then we can continue the testing. Speaker 2: The hero assistant guides you through [00:02:30] the eye exam, making it super simple to follow. Speaker 1: Welcome to hero. I will be your guide today. Please follow the white dot and help me calibrate. Great. You're all set. Speaker 2: You hold the click here in your hand and select the buttons on the screen. Speaker 1: Keep going. You're doing great. Speaker 2: All you need is a VR or AR headset, a clicker in a technician to walk you through the exam either in person or remote. Oh, this is the first one I'm stumped on. I don't know what number this is. <laugh> eventually you may not need a technician at all. The AI technology [00:03:00] looks for abnormalities in your eye health and can detect possible future eye diseases like glaucoma. Speaker 4: Glaucoma is the silent Steeler of sight. It actually affects your vision from the outside in Uhhuh. And so what we're looking for is your peripheral vision. Are you starting to lose vision from the outside in all Speaker 2: The data from the test is uploaded to the computer and saved in hero's patient portal. Speaker 4: What we're looking at here is the portal. This is what the technician or the doctor. This is their interface for the device. All of this is cloud based. [00:03:30] Doctors can access their patient data. They can actually create appointments and collect data remotely. All they need is a connected device and a browser. Speaker 2: What about patient's privacy? How do you protect their privacy? Speaker 4: We firewall each clinic based on that clinic's username and password or their credential. Each clinic has their own access to their own patient database. We actually at hero don't have access to that clinic's data. I see as well. How Speaker 2: Did I do on my eye exam? Speaker 4: You did excellence and you have healthy vision. Speaker 2: I found the [00:04:00] test to be very basic. And to be honest, I was a little let down because I was expecting more of a gaming like metaverse experience, but nonetheless, my eyes were professionally examined and they're both healthy. So I'm happy about that. The hero platform is a subscription based service over the year. Updates allow the doctors and hospitals to stay up to date with the latest hero, eye exams, software updates, and patient portal upgrades for doctors, the hero platform could be a game changer. Well Speaker 5: Done. The nice part about the hero visual field is we can do it [00:04:30] in any exam room. And so with a multi doctor practice, sometimes the visual field room can be an area of bottleneck to get patients through the day. And so having the ability to have a visual field that's portable and mobile goes right to the patient, has freed up some exam space, as well as quickened. Our patient exam times Speaker 2: Hero also offers real time, vision correction using an AR or VR headset to correct your vision right there [00:05:00] on the spot real time, vision correction, augments the display in the AR or VR headset, allowing the visually impaired to increase their field of vision in real time. Speaker 3: So this is how all of this started. We created applications that allows patients to see better the way it does this is it characterizes the vision defect that the patient has. And then through AI algorithms, it actually in real time modify what the patient is looking at through the [00:05:30] glasses in order to allow them to see better, to see more the cameras of the devices, capturing what they are looking at. And in real time modifying that video stream and is playing it to them. Vision augmentation would be ready by next year to improve the quality of life of patients with vision supporters. Speaker 2: Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to try out the realtime vision correcting technology with my age related macular degeneration, [00:06:00] but I did book a regular eye exam just for the juxtaposition of VR versus traditional eye exam. As AR technology for eyeglasses improves. Eventually patients with eye diseases will be able to access augmented reality, realtime vision correcting glasses, which could also incorporate heads up display and other visual aids for the visually impaired Speaker 6: 1541, sprinter Amsterdam central. Speaker 3: When we ask people, what is your biggest fear? It is death and going blind [00:06:30] and going blind is actually, sometimes people are concerned about it even more than dying, but we do very little for our vision. You know, the health and willing of our eyes is something that we aren't really doing well at. And that is driven by the current technology in the physician offices, as a surgeon, as a physician, this is what I'm trained to do. This is my passion, but I'm limited by the current technology. And what we [00:07:00] did is we actually build a new technology and we give it to our patients. And this is very rewarding for us Speaker 2: Down the road. The hero platform could become an app for any AR or VR headset for any patient to access from the comfort of their own home. Our iHealth is one of our most important assets, so it's best to keep it in check and get an eye exam regularly. If you found this video informative and wanna learn more like, and subscribe to C net's massive YouTube channel and check out the links to the hero [00:07:30] platform and the description of this video. And let me know what you think about realtime vision correction. Would you wear AR glasses over traditional glass lenses? Let me know when the comments and buy for now. Speaker 1: Well done, please remove the headset and hand it to the operator.

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