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    Virtual reality on the horizon for treatment of glaucoma


    Researchers at Vivid Vision, San Francisco, had a similar notion, said Benjamin Backus, PhD, the company's scientific advisor. But instead of designing new equipment, they have focused on using off-the-shelf virtual reality hardware.

    "Our strategy to do frequent reliable tests is to use inexpensive equipment," said Dr. Backus, an associate professor of optometry, State University of New York, New York City.

    Patients observe two dots and can align them by turning their heads to move them together. Training is automated, and gives feedback as the patient learns. The technology can also evaluate postural control in patients with glaucoma, said Dr. Backus, citing a 2015 article in Ophthalmology

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