Could Google Glass Hurt Your Eyes? A Harvard Vision Scientist And Project Glass Advisor Responds

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Steve Mann, a professor at the University of Toronto and one of the pioneers of heads-up display technology, has been wearing his own version of Google Glass for more than three decades. He echoes Fatehs concern about the risk of visual confusion. Mann said he personally experienced side effects like dizziness, confusion and flashbacks from wearing early versions of smart glasses that he designed himself. Mann eliminated the discomfort by revamping the product, which he calls Digital EyeTap , so that it sits directly in front of the eye.
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Clear vision is every schoolchild’s right

Early detection and treatment provide the very best opportunity to correct vision problems, so your child can learn to see clearly. Jean Gajano, executive director of New Eyes, a nonprofit that provides vision assistance to low-income students, said eye exams are needed because children often do not realize they have vision problems and will not speak up for themselves. Gajano had a revelation in third grade when a vision screening led to a pair of glasses. The first time I had that pair of glasses, it was so to speak eye opening, Gajano remembered. You do not understand what you are not seeing. Kids dont speak up because they dont know what they are missing. Jolene Bracale, a former school nurse who now serves as program coordinator for student health services at the Indiana Department of Education, added, One time I screened a kindergartner and found that she had double vision, and she didnt understand that not all children see two of everything. Vision exams at schools can be conducted by eye doctors, school nurses and by community health organizations.
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‘Eye-phone’ that could help prevent blindness

A man from Nakuru, Kenya, having his retina imaged for optic nerve diseases by the Peek smartphone tool. Credit: Peek.

Peek has been developed by Dr Andrew Bastawrous (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine), Stewart Jordan, an independent app designer, Dr Mario Giardini (University of St Andrews) and Dr Iain Livingstone, at the Glasgow Centre for Ophthalmic Research, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Dr Jen Burr at St Andrews was instrumental in setting up the links that allowed the University to take part in the development of the device. It is currently being tested on 5,000 people in Kenya by Dr Bastawrous to see how effective it is in comparison to state-of-the-art hospital equipment. Dr Bastawrous said: Patients who need it most will never be able to reach hospital because they’re the ones beyond the end of the road, they don’t have income to find transport so we needed a way to find them. “What we hope is that Peek will provide eye care for those who are the poorest of the poor. A lot of the hospitals are able to provide cataract surgery which is the most common cause of blindness, but actually getting the patient to the hospitals is the problem. “What we can do using this is the technicians can go to the patients to their homes, examine them at their front doors and diagnose them there and then.” Peek can diagnose blindness, visual impairment, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other retinal and optic nerve diseases and crucial indicators of brain tumour and haemorrhage.
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