Presbyopia is a condition in which the lens of the eye becomes progressively unable to focus on objects close to the viewer. The condition is a normal part of the aging process. The most common treatment for those suffering from presbyopia is corrective lenses, either eyeglasses or contacts either reading glasses or bifocals. Even the most common type of eye surgery, LASIK, is not effective for the treatment of this. An iPhone app addresses presbyopia by stimulating the visual cortex.
iPhone based application
Ucansi, a U.S. company based in Israel, has developed their application called “Glassesof”. This iPhone based application can help the patients with presbyopia to see up close. This application is developed to boost visual acuity by using a proprietary method that affects the brain’s visual cortex performance for a longer period of time.
Principle of application
Similar to computers binary code, everything captured by the human eye is translated into digital binary form i.e. “0” and “1” by the vision system in the brain. Those “0” and “1” are translated into visual images such as Gabor...
patches that vary by their spatial frequency, contrast and spatial orientation and stimulate the neurons in the early visual cortex of the brain.
“GlassesOff™ application enhances the visual system’s image processing capabilities by using the optimal Gabor patches to stimulate the visual cortex. The treatment significantly boosts the speed and quality of image processing in the brain. On average, the patient is required to be trained 3 times per week, each lasting for a 15 min, a total for 3 months. Once eliminating the need for reading glasses, maintenance training protocol is required for 2-3 treatment session per month.”
Ucansi, has termed the method as “using the brain as glasses”. They have further indicated that the application will cost about $95 and will become available early next year.