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    Virtual reality on the horizon for treatment of glaucoma


    In one scenario, patients enter a simulated museum gallery. Each painting displays a pattern of dots designed to trigger maximum firing of different ganglion cells down to the brain.

    Although he is not a clinician, Dr. Huberman said he receives messages every day from patients seeking help.

    Virtual reality could also play an important role in diagnosing and monitoring glaucoma, said Felipe A. Medeiros, MD, PhD, a professor of ophthalmology, Duke University, and co-founder of nGoggle virtual reality company.

    Standard automated perimetry, the gold standard for glaucoma diagnosis, is cumbersome and subjective.

    "We can only test patients a few times a year, and the variability makes it difficult to detect progression overtime," Dr. Medeiros said. "Nowadays we see virtual reality everywhere, and I started to wonder how we could take advantage of it."

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