What is life like for an AMD Sufferer?
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss among people age 65 and older and impacts more than 11 million people in the United States alone. AMD results in a loss of the central vision – this is the area of our vision that provides the details in what we see. Sadly there is no cure.
For those suffering with age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), freedom and independence have taken on a whole new meaning. Not only has the world begun to slowly vanish around them but even the smallest of daily activities most take for granted, have become painstaking tasks. Those with AMD and other retinal disorders often experience a devasting loss of independence and along with that a sense that their quality of life is slipping away.
The good news is technology is advancing and along with that are more options for those dealing with the daily challenges that come with low vision. Let’s take a look at three ways technology advancements are bringing hope for those suffering from vision loss through AMD and other retinal disorders.
- Augmented Reality. Augmented Reality is becoming a more useful technology, beyond the gaming industry, where objects in the real-world are “augmented” by computer-generated information, across multiple senses. AR can now be used to enhance the visual senses, by optimizing a person’s field of vision.
- Wearables. We have all watched the wearable movement become a mainstay of our everyday life, from devices that track fitness activity and heart rate to those that read your email. Now imagine a high tech pair of eye glasses that utilizes the remaining peripheral vision and helps the user better understand and relate to their world. This new wearable may soon be the reality for many AMD sufferers.
- Software. There’s an app for that. And now maybe even an app to help people see better. We are talking about a type of advanced software that aids in training to help exploit information and leverages the power of software to provide visual data, thereby enhancing vision.
Who is Eyedaptic?
Eyedaptic is a software technology that addresses an unmet need in the ophthalmic field. Eyedaptic is focused on developing visually assistive Augmented Reality (AR) solutions with embedded simulated natural vision software and maximizes the user’s field of vision.
What is SoCalBio?
The SoCalBio Conference is an annual event which showcases Southern California’s value-based bioscience innovations and explores efficient pathways to bring these new products to market. Featuring presentations by emerging biotech companies, SoCalBio also highlights medical technology and digital health firms through keynotes and breakout sessions about investment and partnering trends.
Eyedaptic was chosen along with two dozen other notable start-ups through the SoCalBio Innovation Catalyst Program to make business presentations during this 20th Annual SoCalBio Conference.
You can hear more about Eyedaptic’s game-changing technology during an ‘Emerging Companies’ session at the 20th Annual SoCalBio Conference, held in Long Beach on Sept 28, 2018.