What Is IrisVision
IrisVision is an advanced solution for the problems of people facing the challenges of macular degeneration. This FDA-registered device uses the latest advancements in technology in collaboration with Samsung and expert eye specialists from leading institutes like the NYE and the John Hopkins clinic.
Technology It Uses And How
The Iris vision uses
- one of the latest smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S7
- a lightweight, latest virtual reality device, the Samsung Gear VR headset
- Custom software, specially developed for it by Samsung with the help of low vision experts from around the nation’s leading clinics.
This specially developed software fine-tunes the Gear VR set’s functionalities to change it into a low vision device. It uses a 12-megapixel high-resolution camera, which enables a magnification of up to 10 times that of a standard HD TV.
How Is The IrisVision Different From Other Low Vision Aids?
Most other low vision aids available for patients with macular degeneration are aimed at enabling them to perform specific or limited tasks. For example, magnifying glasses are suited for reading whereas small telescopes are suited for magnifying distant objects like signboards. Iris Vision differs from these in that it alone is suitable for accomplishing almost all the tasks that these individual devices do.
What Can I Use It For?
If you are suffering from low vision due to disease like macular degeneration, you can use the Iris Vision for a plethora of tasks, indoors and outdoors, including:
- Watching television
- Observing nearby objects
- Magnifying far-away objects
- Using the computer
It is, however, not suitable for driving or walking, because of reduced peripheral vision and depth perception. Once you get gradually accustomed to it, you can wear I while travelling as a passenger, though.
- Customizable IrisBubble™
With tts patented IrisBubble™, you can zoom in on an object or a region and still not face the challenges of the telescope effect. So, the overall scene remains in-tact while the region of interest is magnified.
The bubble can be customized according to what you prefer. You can change the shape to a circle, square, or even a custom shape. You can position it at the top, as most people prefer, or anywhere you prefer.
- 70-degree FOV
The Iris Vision offers a 70-degree field of view, wider than most other devices.
- Clinical Adjustments
The Iris Vision can be specifically adjusted for areas of your vision affected.
- Brightness and contrast settings
The device addresses a very common issue of macular degeneration - loss of contrast. It allows to adjust the contrast of the view. It also allows to adjust the brightness so that you do not face discomfort when transiting from indoors to the bright outdoors.
- Protection form Glare
The shield around the camera protects the device and your eyes from glare and reflections, thus keeping ambient light from disturbing your view when used outdoors.
- IPD Adjustment
The device allows you to adjust the Inter Pupillary Distance.
- Reading Mode
With its B&W reading mode, you do not need another device specially for reading. Use it with black text on white background, or if you want to avoid bright lights, you may prefer the other way around. This mode also increases the contrast of text, making reading comfortable.
The device allows wireless use, so it doesn’t need to be plugged in. Take it with you anywhere you go.
How Much It Costs
Surprisingly, for the features and the technology it uses, Iris Vision costs lesser than similar products. This is due to its strategic partnerships. Apart from that, there are financial aids available if you are qualified.